The Lutheran Home at Topton is a large non-profit nursing home located in Topton, Pennsylvania. We awarded this nursing home an A- overall grade, ranking it in the top quarter of all facilities in the United States. Based on our ratings, this nursing home is simply as good as it gets. If you look below, you can see this place's category grades, which are also strong.
The Lutheran Home at Topton
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Memory Care
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
On top of being a great nursing home overall, it also received A+ health inspections recently. Its inspections were virtually flawless. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in calculating these inspection grades. One of those factors is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some of these end up being quite minor. Fortunately, although this facility had a few minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Remember that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in the industry.
Short-term Care Quality
Adding to its high-end profile, this facility also was given an excellent short-term care score, with a grade of A-. Our short-term care ratings are thought to be more important for those needing rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation generally requires more highly-skilled nursing. This means not just nursing services, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the percentage of residents who returned home from this nursing home. We found that 6.2 percent of this nursing home's patients were able to return home.
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Long-term Care Quality
Moving on our next category, we gave this nursing home a score of A- for its long-term care grade. This is a superb grade. For prospective residents looking for a permanent place to live rather than skilled nursing, long-term care is an important category. In addition to considering the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 93.87387 percent of its patients. This is slightly less than we were hoping for but still a respectable figure. Clearly, this facility 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 an impressively low figure.
The next category we analyzed was nursing. This facility was awarded a strong nursing rating in our assessment, with a grade of B. While this isn't quite as good as several of its other scores, this is still one of the more impressive grades in that area. We analyzed the qualifications of nurses at the nursing home, in addition to the quantity of time the nurses were with patients, in computing our grade in this area. This particular nursing home provided 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as having a system of moving residents more often.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
The Lutheran Home at Topton Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 7.72% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term patients which developed new or worsened pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are a solid barometer of the quality of nursing care a facility provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 3.42% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of patients who have had a fall which resulted in severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 1.92% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes linked to poor hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 15.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 19.89% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients who were given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are given to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 3.23% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term patients who are demonstrating depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 88.5% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 15.28% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 23.65% Percentage of Residents
This is the percent of residents who remained mobile levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care. There is a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the overall quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 23.65 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 8.84 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 72.22% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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