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Sterling Care at South Mountain

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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Sterling Care at South Mountain's website

141 South Main Street,
Boonsboro MD 21713

(301) 432-5457

82.36% estimated occupancy 1

Sterling Care at South Mountain is a large facility in Boonsboro, Maryland. We awarded this facility an overall grade of D. A score of this caliber generally indicates some red flags. This isn't the worse facility we looked at, however, we would still struggle to recommend it. Despite all this, one of the few highlights of this facility's report card is its strong inspection rating. You can continue reading to learn more about inspections and other category grades

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Partnership
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: B-plus

Although this facility's overall score was not a highlight, it actually received a very good grade in the area of inspections. In fact, we awarded it a B+ for that category, which is one of our better grades. Arguably the most important factor we consider in computing our inspection scores is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's inspection reports. It is generally best to avoid places that had a long list of severe deficiencies. This place was assessed 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This tells you that CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies to be an immediate risk to patient safety or health. A few minor deficiencies aren't necessarily the end of the world.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: C

This facilities second best category is short-term care. We gave it a C in this category. This is basically a slightly below average grade in this area. With our short-term care score, we seek to forge a meaningful barometer for rehabilitation services. In this process, we analyze the nursing home's scope of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy. Unfortunately, this facility was below average in terms of its quantity of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its residents based on the metrics we assessed. The final datapoint we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients that who were able to eventually return home from the nursing home. We found that just 5.3 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home. Unfortunately, this was below average.

Nurse Quality

Grade: D

Turning to the area of nursing care, this facility received a grade of just D in this category. Our nursing score is mostly associated with a facility's nurse staffing. This facility offered just 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient on a daily basis. This statistic is quite a bit below the national average. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in calculating our nursing ratings. This nursing home performed well in terms of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. Many consider these areas to be reliable measures of the quality of nursing care.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

This nursing home's weakest category is long-term care, which is the final category we looked at. In this area, we gave this facility a grade of just D. When nursing homes receive this kind of score in long-term care it is a bad sign for resident care and it may mean that the nursing home is not as well-staffed. Once we looked at the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination statistics. Unfortunately, this nursing home vaccinated just 89.64401 percent of its patients for pneumonia. To our surprise, this facility actually fared well at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. This was its best feature in this category.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jul 22

Sterling Care at South Mountain Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 10.35% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This datapoint is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents which suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a great barometer of nursing care quality.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 2.83% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of patients that suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Falls are often caused by lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-minus

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 2.06% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely linked to poor nursing care. More frequent bathing can limit the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Note that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have different reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 13.12% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This statistic tells you the percent of long-term care patients who are administered antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in situations where such drugs aren't medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely more on these drugs due to having more residents suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 14.71% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients which are prescribed antianxiety medication. These medications are used to treat residents experiencing depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 10.05% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients exhibiting symptoms of depression. Many would argue that this is a measure of quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 92.62% of Patients

This is the percent of patients who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 19.85% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 30.15% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 0.99 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is key to preserving the physical health of nursing home residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 30.15 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-plus

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 8.9 Percentage of Patients

This is the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the quality of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-plus

In Sterling Care at South Mountain, 73.77% Percentage of Resident

This tells you the percentage of short-term residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Meritus Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 8.58 miles away11116 Medical Campus Road Hagerstown Maryland 21742Voluntary non-profit - Private(240) 313-9500
  • Frederick Health HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 13.56 miles away400 West Seventh St Frederick Maryland 21701Voluntary non-profit - Private(240) 566-3300
  • Berkeley Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 17.62 miles away2500 Hospital Drive Martinsburg West Virginia 25401Voluntary non-profit - Private(304) 264-1000
  • Waynesboro HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 17.92 miles away501 East Main St Waynesboro Pennsylvania 17268Voluntary non-profit - Private(717) 765-4000
  • Jefferson Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 18.28 miles away300 South Preston Street Ranson West Virginia 25438Voluntary non-profit - Private(304) 728-1600

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fmc - Robinwood8.43 miles away11110 Medical Campus Rd Ste 149 Hagerstown Maryland 21742Dialysis Stations: 13 (240) 313-9620
  • Washington County Dialysis9.34 miles away246 Eastern Blvd. Ste. 104 Hagerstown Maryland 21740Dialysis Stations: 2 (301) 797-7839
  • Eastern Boulevard Dialysis9.81 miles away246 Eastern Blvd N Ste 105 Hagerstown Maryland 21740Dialysis Stations: 22 (301) 745-4251
  • Davita Golden Mile Dialysis11.81 miles away1306 W. Patrick Street Suite 5 Frederick Maryland 21703Dialysis Stations: 13 (301) 696-1090
  • Fmc - Hagerstown11.86 miles away12931 Oak Hill Ave Hagerstown Maryland 21742CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 29 (301) 797-2311
  • Fresenius Kidney Care Frederick13.42 miles away163 Thomas Johnson Drive Ste C Frederick Maryland 21702Dialysis Stations: 13 (240) 815-6845
  • Davita - Frederick13.44 miles away140 Thomas Johnson Dr Ste 100 Frederick Maryland 21702CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 27 (301) 695-0900
  • Ballenger Creek Dialysis14.84 miles away5205 Chairmans Court Ste. 101 Frederick Maryland 21703CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 27 (301) 662-6572