South Dennis Healthcare is a large nursing home located in South Dennis, Massachusetts. This nursing home is a very solid facility, with an overall grade of B. You can certainly do much worse than this facility. This facility was stronger in some categories than others, but it didn't have any weak links in any of the major areas discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.
South Dennis Healthcare
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
1 Love Lane,
South Dennis MA 02660
62.89% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
Long-term Care Quality
To pair with its strong overall grade, we awarded this facility an impressive grade of A- for our long-term care score. Long-term care scores in this range generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. After we finished assessing the amount of care provided by nurses, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination data. This nursing home vaccinated 74.9004 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Lastly, we looked at the facility's number of hospitalizations. We found that this facility had 2.07 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days.
Short-term Care Quality
We also gave this facility a score of A- for our short-term care score. In calculating our short-term care grades, we size up a nursing home's levels of highly skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. This grade is more often than not a fair assessment of a nursing home's rehabilitation. One of this nursing home's strengths is registered nurse hours. We found that it offers more care from registered nurses to its residents than most facilities. The final metric we looked at in this category is the number of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We found that it fared as well as just about any nursing home in Massachusetts in this area with 60 percent of its patients returning home.
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Another strong feature for this facility is that it received an impressive nursing grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of B. In calculating our nursing ratings, we factor in both staffing levels and the skill levels of the nurses. This nursing home averages 2.8 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also factored a few quality-based metrics into our nursing grades. This nursing home was relatively weak in two of the major areas we focus on, with below average scores for minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. These areas are generally reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care provided.
In our last category, inspections proved to be this facility's worst area. It earned a C in this area. Inspection scores are based on a facility's government inspection reports. Inspection grades are tied to data points located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Deficiencies are an important thing to look for on these inspections. Severe deficiencies indicate a risk to resident safety. This place had 6 deficiencies on its government inspection report, but none were category G through L deficiencies. This means that CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies to pose an imminent danger to resident safety or health. Unfortunately, we also need to draw your attention to the fact that this facility received significant government fines in recent years.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
South Dennis Healthcare Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In South Dennis Healthcare, 6.42% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In South Dennis Healthcare, 3.57% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of residents that sustained a fall leading to serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In South Dennis Healthcare, 2.4% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely caused by facilities with lower levels of hygiene. More frequent bathing limits the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Note that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In South Dennis Healthcare, 19.12% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. These drugs are sometimes used to treat several conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In South Dennis Healthcare, 19% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of residents who were given antianxiety medications. These medications are generally given to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In South Dennis Healthcare, 1.96% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who are exhibiting depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In South Dennis Healthcare, 91.59% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In South Dennis Healthcare, 15.22% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living could be a sign of decline of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In South Dennis Healthcare, 19.05% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of residents that maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.
In South Dennis Healthcare, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is important to the physical health of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In South Dennis Healthcare, 19.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In South Dennis Healthcare, 10.96 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the overall quality of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In South Dennis Healthcare, 70.74% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term care residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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