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The Gardens at Tunkhannock

  • Nursing Home

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: C
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The Gardens at Tunkhannock's website

30 Virginia Drive,
Tunkhannock PA 18657

(570) 836-5166

74.59% estimated occupancy 1

The Gardens at Tunkhannock is the sole facility we identified in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. This nursing home proved to be a decent facility, with an overall grade of C. Based on all of the relevant data, there are certainly much worse nursing homes out there. One of the better aspects of this facility's report card is its strong inspection grade, which you can find in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

The main reason this facility received a decent overall grade is its excellent inspections in recent years. We gave them one of our higher grades in that area, with a grade of A-. This is a much better score than the facility's overall grade, which was decent but not in the elite range. Our inspection grades are tied to several items located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that score well in this category have few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these places should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. Although this facility had a few deficiencies on its inspection report, none were serious based on CMS' scale. A couple of minor deficiencies should not stop you from considering a nursing home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility's second most favorable category came in the area of long-term care. In that category, we gave this nursing home a B-. Our long-term care ratings are more critical for those in need of more traditional assistance associated with personal care. One of the criteria we considered after nursing hours is vaccinations. Candidly, we were a bit alarmed this nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccine to only 88.19875 percent of its patients. Nevertheless, this facility keeps its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: C

This nursing home's next best category was nursing. We awarded it a grade of C in this category. This is basically a middle of the road grade in this category. Our nursing grade includes a host of datapoints. The most heavily weighted one is the amount of time nurses spent with residents. This facility provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a relatively low total compared to most other facilities. Finally, although this nursing home got dinged a bit for nursing hours per resident, it excelled in a few of our quality metrics. With fewer than five percent of its patients experiencing pressure ulcers, it did very well in this statistic.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: D

This facility's worst area was short-term care, which is the last area we assessed. In this category, we gave this facility a grade of D. In calculating these short-term care grades, we assess the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The objective is to create a barometer for comparing the rehabilitation services of different facilities. Based on its poor rating in this area, we were not stunned to find that this facility offers significantly fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most nursing homes. Finally, we looked at the percentage of residents who who were able to eventually return home from this facility. This facility didn't fare well here either. In fact, we found that just 4.4 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

The Gardens at Tunkhannock Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 7.59% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are often caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 3.37% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of residents that sustained a fall which resulted in serious injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 1.9% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often linked to nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Better hygiene protocols minimizes the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Note that this datapoint is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 15.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percentage of residents prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many patients, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: C

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 19.74% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic is an indication of the percent of long-term patients receiving antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 3.12% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients who are showing symptoms of depression. Higher levels of depression could be an indicator a less hospitable environment.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: F

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 88.22% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of residents who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 14.84% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living may be a sign of deterioration of a resident's health.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 21.64% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percent of residents that maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 1.31 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. There is typically a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 21.64 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 8.92 Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to gauge patient well-being during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B

In The Gardens at Tunkhannock, 72.59% Percentage of Resident

This is the percent of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of independence with activities of daily living often correlates with successful rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Tyler Memorial HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 2.56 miles away5950 State Route 6 West Tunkhannock Pennsylvania 18657Proprietary(570) 836-2161
  • Regional Hospital of ScrantonAcute Care Hospitals 18.06 miles away746 Jefferson Avenue Scranton Pennsylvania 18501Proprietary(570) 348-7100
  • Moses Taylor HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 18.28 miles away700 Quincy Avenue Scranton Pennsylvania 18510Proprietary(570) 340-2100
  • Geisinger-Community Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 18.84 miles away1822 Mulberry Street Scranton Pennsylvania 18510Voluntary non-profit - Private(570) 969-8240

Nearby Dialysis

  • Tunkhannock Dialysis2.63 miles away5950 Sr 6 Tunkhannock Pennsylvania 18657Dialysis Stations: 12 (570) 836-6139
  • Scranton Dialysis15.83 miles awayRear 475 Morgan Highway Scranton Pennsylvania 18508Dialysis Stations: 14 (570) 341-8270
  • Old Forge Dialysis16.49 miles away325 South Main Street Old Forge Pennsylvania 18518Dialysis Stations: 12 (570) 457-3174
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Pittston16.81 miles away455 North Main Street Pittston Pennsylvania 18640Dialysis Stations: 13 (570) 655-4115
  • Bio-Medical Applications of Pennsylvania, Inc17.18 miles away321 Meridian Avenue Scranton Pennsylvania 18504Dialysis Stations: 13 (570) 340-1648
  • Commonwealth Dialysis17.71 miles away920 S. Washington Avenue Scranton Pennsylvania 18505Dialysis Stations: 13 (570) 344-5267
  • Dunmore Dialysis18.82 miles away1212 Oneal Highway Scranton Pennsylvania 18512CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 12 (570) 558-0190
  • Davita - Eynon Dialysis19.49 miles away260 Scranton Carbondale Highway Archbald Pennsylvania 18403Dialysis Stations: 13 (570) 876-1874