Southwestern Veterans Center is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is among the largest cities in the nation. This turns out to be an A rated facility, which is one of the most impressive grades we offer. Pittsburgh has quite a few nursing homes, however, we question whether you will need to visit too many others. This one looks like a first class option. As you can find below, this nursing home also performed just fine in our category grades. It's hard to poke holes in this facility's profile.
Southwestern Veterans Center
- Nursing Home
- For people with disabilities
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
7060 Highland Drive,
Pittsburgh PA 15206
61.35% estimated occupancy 1
- No Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Government - State
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Dialysis Transportation
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this nursing home received an A+ for nursing. In calculating a facility's nursing grade, we consider the amount of time nurses are with patients as well as the levels of training of those nurses. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
This facility has received near flawless health inspections in recent years. We awarded them an impressive grade of A in this category. Our inspection ratings account for a host of factors found on a facility's inspection report. One key criteria we consider is the number and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with higher grades in this category generally have very few severe deficiencies. While this facility had some deficiencies on its report, none were serious based on CMS' deficiency scale. A few minor deficiencies aren't necessarily something to panic about.
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Short-term Care Quality
Compounding its fine profile, this facility also received a superb short-term care grade, with a score of A-. In computing our short-term care grades, we analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our goal is to devise a scale for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different facilities. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the number of residents that who were able to eventually return home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients were able to return home.
Long-term Care Quality
Moving on to our fourth category, this nursing home was awarded a high-end long-term care grade. In fact, we gave it a B+ in this category, completing one of our finer profiles. Nursing homes that excel in long-term care tend to provide residents with more supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. On top of considering the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 96.44013 percent of its patients, which is better than the average nursing home. Finally, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Southwestern Veterans Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Southwestern Veterans Center, 7.59% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols reduces the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Southwestern Veterans Center, 3.37% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic is an indication of the percent of long-term patients who sustained a fall leading to severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls could be an indicator of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Southwestern Veterans Center, 1.9% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are linked to insufficient hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Southwestern Veterans Center, 15.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are given to residents for many conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Sadly, in some situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Southwestern Veterans Center, 19.74% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients given antianxiety medications. These medications are generally given to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Southwestern Veterans Center, 3.12% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients exhibiting signs of depression. Increased levels of depression may be a sign a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Southwestern Veterans Center, 88.22% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Southwestern Veterans Center, 14.84% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Southwestern Veterans Center, 21.64% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
In Southwestern Veterans Center, 1.31 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care. There is a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Southwestern Veterans Center, 21.64 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical well-being of patients.
Scores for Pittsburgh, PA
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
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