Sunnyside Care Center is a small government-owned facility in Lake Park, Minnesota. This facility is ranked among the best nursing homes we found. Receiving an A+ in our grading scheme requires excellent scores across the board. This is really as good of a nursing home as you're going to find. One of the best aspects of this nursing home's stellar profile is its long-term care rating. Long-term care grades are discussed in the next section.
Sunnyside Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Government - County
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
Top Nursing Home in Minnesota Awards 2020
Top Nursing Home in Minnesota Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
Long-term Care Quality
To pair with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for its nursing grade. When nursing homes receive this type of grade in long-term care it is typically a good sign for resident care and suggests that the place is well-staffed with nurses aids. Once we assessed the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination data. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is significantly higher than the majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing score. In that category, we gave this nursing home a grade of A+. The nursing rating analyzes several subcategories, however, the paramount consideration is the level of nurse hours spent with patients. This nursing home provides 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 place 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 typically be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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This nursing home also received a nearly flawless government inspection report. It earned one of our top scores in that area with an A+. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing these inspection ratings. One key factor is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be quite insignificant. While this place had some minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G through L. This means the inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
In our last category, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for its short-term care rating. This finished off an elite profile. Our short-term care ratings are presumably more critical for those needing rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation generally requires additional skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes not merely nursing services, but also physical and speech therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last statistic we considered in this area is the percentage of patients that were able to return home from the facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Sunnyside Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Sunnyside Care Center, 6.69% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This statistic indicates the percentage of long-term patients that suffered from new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We consider this statistic when determining our nursing grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Sunnyside Care Center, 4.21% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of residents that have had a fall resulting in major injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Sunnyside Care Center, 2.83% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often associated with facilities with worst hygiene practices. Additional nurse staffing can limit the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Note that this statistic is affected by by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Sunnyside Care Center, 16.64% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many residents, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used appropriately. In some situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Sunnyside Care Center, 12.33% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who are given antianxiety medication. These medications are commonly given to residents experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Sunnyside Care Center, 4.58% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents demonstrating symptoms of depression. High levels of depression may indicate lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Sunnyside Care Center, 93.31% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Sunnyside Care Center, 13.09% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and bathing.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Sunnyside Care Center, 18.07% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percent of patients that were able to retain mobility over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Sunnyside Care Center, 18.07 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical abilities of patients.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Sunnyside Care Center, 76.76% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term stay residents that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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