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The Lutheran Home at Topton

  • Nursing Home
  • Independent Living
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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The Lutheran Home at Topton's website

One South Home Avenue,
Topton PA 19562

(610) 682-1400

84.32% estimated occupancy 1

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 third of all facilities in the United States. Based on our analysis, this place is simply as good as it gets. The best part of this nursing home's impressive profile is its inspection grade. We discuss inspections in the next paragraph

Quick Details

  • 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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Dentistry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Optometry
  • Audiology
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

In addition to performing well overall, this facility earned a nearly flawless inspection report. As a result, it earned one of our best scores in that category with an A+. These inspection grades take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can learn more about each of these issues by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Although this nursing home had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none of them were serious based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

To add to its top-shelf achievements in other areas, we awarded this facility a score of A- for its short-term care grade. Short-term care scores are based on a nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled nursing services. This includes a wide scope of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, in addition to other types of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we considered the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 6.3 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

The next area we analyzed was long-term care. Adding to its dominant resume, this nursing home also performed well in this category. In fact, it received a of A- in the area. For long-term care residents, the nursing home's primary objective is to maintain residents' quality of life and keep them safe. In addition to considering the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 91.33574 percent of its residents. This is slightly less than we expected but still a respectable figure. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

Moving on to our next area, this facility was awarded a decent nursing grade. Even though this was not nearly as elite as many of its other category grades, this is really nothing to be ashamed of. Our nursing score analyzes the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. We weigh both the levels of licensure of those nurses as well as the amount of time spent with patients. This facility averages just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day, which is well below average. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this place surprisingly excelled in some of the quality measures we looked at. In fact, it scored well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

The Lutheran Home at Topton Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 7.59% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This statistic tells you the percentage of long-term care residents which suffer from pressure ulcers or bed sores. We use this statistic in calculating our nursing grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 3.37% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of residents that suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are considered to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls which result in injury are routinely the result of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 1.9% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often linked to facilities with lower levels of hygiene. Additional nurse staffing limits the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. We want to point out that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have incongruent reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: C

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 15.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are administered to residents for many conditions, such as dementia. Sadly, in some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 19.74% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This figure measures the percent of long-term stay patients who are given antianxiety medication. These medications are typically prescribed to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 3.12% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term patients who are demonstrating depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 88.22% 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

Grade: B-minus

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 14.84% 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

Grade: A-minus

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 21.64% 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.

Hospitalizations

Grade: D

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 1.31 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

Grade: C

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 21.64 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

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

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 8.92 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

Grade: B-minus

In The Lutheran Home at Topton, 72.59% Percentage of Resident

This tells you the percentage of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Lehigh Valley HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 10.64 miles away1200 South Cedar Crest Boulevard Allentown Pennsylvania 18105Voluntary non-profit - Private(610) 402-2273
  • Sacred Heart HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 14.42 miles away421 Chew Street Allentown Pennsylvania 18102Voluntary non-profit - Private(610) 776-4900
  • St Joseph Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 16.9 miles away2500 Bernville Road Reading Pennsylvania 19605Voluntary non-profit - Church(610) 378-2000
  • Reading HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 17.57 miles away420 S 5th Avenue Reading Pennsylvania 19611Voluntary non-profit - Other(610) 988-8000
  • St Luke's Hospital BethlehemAcute Care Hospitals 17.86 miles away801 Ostrum Street Bethlehem Pennsylvania 18015Voluntary non-profit - Private(610) 954-4000
  • Pottstown HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 17.99 miles away1600 East High Street Pottstown Pennsylvania 19464Voluntary non-profit - Private(610) 327-7000
  • St Luke's Quakertown HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 18.52 miles away1021 Park Avenue Quakertown Pennsylvania 18951Voluntary non-profit - Private(215) 538-4500

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Kutztown4.32 miles away45 Constitution Boulevard Kutztown Pennsylvania 19530Dialysis Stations: 11 (610) 683-9766
  • Etowah Dialysis LLC5.98 miles away2550 Route 100, Suite 2 Macungie Pennsylvania 18062Dialysis Stations: 12 (610) 336-8350
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Allentown11.03 miles away3136 Hamilton Boulevard Allentown Pennsylvania 18103CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 27 (610) 435-6718
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - South Allentown12.27 miles away2820 Mitchell Avenue Allentown Pennsylvania 18103Dialysis Stations: 16 (610) 797-7655
  • Etowah Dialysis, LLC12.67 miles away1901 Hamilton St., Suite 200 Allentown Pennsylvania 18104Dialysis Stations: 4 (610) 776-1479
  • Davita - St. Luke's Allentown Dialysis12.67 miles away1901 Hamilton St., Suite 100 Allentown Pennsylvania 18104Dialysis Stations: 4 (610) 435-2590
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Schnecksville13.46 miles away4909 Route 873 Schnecksville Pennsylvania 18078Dialysis Stations: 17 (610) 799-2011
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Fogelsville14.52 miles away7310 Tilghman Street, Suite 100 Allentown Pennsylvania 18106Dialysis Stations: 13 (610) 395-1980