The Laurels of Athens is an average-sized nursing home in Athens, Ohio. This is a quality facility, with an overall grade of B. Based on our analysis, this facility looks like a good fit for most people. The best part of this nursing home's impressive report card was its inspection grade. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section
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The Laurels of Athens
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
70 Columbus Circle,
Athens OH 45701
93.15% estimated occupancy 1
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Dialysis Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Palliative Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Bariatric Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Aquatic Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
On top of being a strong facility overall, this place also excelled in our inspections category, where it received an A. Few nursing homes fared better in this category. Our inspection ratings account for a host of factors included in a nursing home's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we rely on is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with better scores in this area usually have few of these severe deficiencies. While this facility had some deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were serious based on CMS' deficiency scale. The fact that none of the deficiencies were severe made us feel better about this inspection report.
Short-term Care Quality
Among this nursing home's other achievements is its first-rate short-term care score. It received one of our better grades in that category, with a grade of A-. In computing our short-term care ratings, we scrutinize a nursing home's levels of skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists speech therapists and other licensed professionals. This grade is considered to be a useful measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of patients who were able to return home from this nursing home. We found that 5.9 percent of this nursing home's residents were able to return home.
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Next, we looked at the nursing category where we awarded this nursing home a grade of C. This facility didn't perform quite as well in this category as it did in some other categories. Nevertheless, this is still a respectable score. When determining our nursing grades, we analyze both nursing hours and the skill levels of those nurses. This facility averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient each day, which is a very low figure. Lastly, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics. Although this facility got docked a bit for its nursing hours per resident, it actually excelled in a few of these quality-based metrics. With less than five percent of its residents experiencing pressure ulcers, it fared remarkably well in this subcategory. This can be a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can typically be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as having a system of turning a patient more often.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we graded is long-term care. We gave this facility a C in this area. Long-term care grades are typically used to judge a nursing home's performance as a traditional nursing home, as opposed to focusing more on the skilled nursing services provided by a rehabilitation facility. One of the factors we considered in addition to nursing hours was vaccinations. Fortunately, this facility provided the pneumonia vaccination to 99.375 percent of its residents. Lastly, this facility was also able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
The Laurels of Athens Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In The Laurels of Athens, 7.3% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In The Laurels of Athens, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric tells you the percent of long-term residents which have suffered falls which caused serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls could be an indicator of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In The Laurels of Athens, 1.34% of Patients had UTIs
This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term stay residents who experienced UTI's. UTI's may be an indication of worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this statistic could be skewed for some facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In The Laurels of Athens, 12.59% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of residents given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many patients, it is important to make sure these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may mean a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In The Laurels of Athens, 21.99% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic is an indication of the percent of long-term patients that were prescribed antianxiety medication. These medications are given to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In The Laurels of Athens, 21.39% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care patients who are exhibiting signs of depression. Some experts believe this is a measure of resident quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In The Laurels of Athens, 88.91% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care residents who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for seniors, making these types of vaccines indispensable.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In The Laurels of Athens, 14.84% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In The Laurels of Athens, 12.66% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percent of long-term stay patients who retained mobility levels.
In The Laurels of Athens, 1.43 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is important to the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In The Laurels of Athens, 12.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In The Laurels of Athens, 12.98 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to measure patient well-being during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In The Laurels of Athens, 75.85% Percentage of Resident
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients that saw functional improvements.
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