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The Retreat at Brightwater

  • Nursing Home
  • Home Health Agency
  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: C
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The Retreat at Brightwater's website

171 Brightwater Drive,
Myrtle Beach SC 29579

(843) 353-1038

68.65% estimated occupancy 1

The Retreat at Brightwater is a small nursing home located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With an overall grade of C, this is likely a middle of the road facility. Based on our ratings, this place likely wouldn't be a bad choice. The best part of this place's report card was its exemplary short-term care grade. short-term care grades are discussed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • No Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Limited Liability company
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Optometry
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Lymphedema Care
  • Aquatic Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-plus

This nursing home really excelled at short-term care. In fact, we gave it an A+ for that category, which is one of our best grades. This really salvaged its overall profile. Short-term care scores are crucial for individuals needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually mandates higher levels of highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes a vast spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 6.6 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

One of the other reasons we rated this facility so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing score. This turned out to be its second best category grade. In that area, we gave this nursing home an A. Our nursing score is primarily associated with the facility's level of nurse staffing. 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 place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can many times be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

Turning to another strength for this nursing home, it also received a strong long-term care score. Indeed, we gave this nursing home a score of A-. Nursing homes that receive this type of score in long-term care tend to provide consistent 24/7 care to make sure patients are well cared for. Once we concluded our assessment of the volume of nursing care, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 84.81013 percent of its patients for pneumonia. While its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we had hoped, we were pleased to find facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Facility Inspections

Grade: F

In our final category of inspections, this facility received an F in this area. This score was very detrimental to this facility's overall score. When a place has this poor of an inspection rating, you should look for severe deficiencies on its inspection report. Severe deficiencies indicate a risk to the well being of residents. This particular facility was assessed 4 deficiencies by CMS. The only positive thing we found is that none of its deficiencies were in the categories that indicate they posed a threat to resident health or safety. Lastly, we also want to point out that this nursing home was assessed significant government fines of over $50,000. This usually indicates that inspectors became frustrated after several years of failed health inspections.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

The Retreat at Brightwater Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 9.53% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percentage of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin due to remaining in the same position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 3.47% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of residents who have had a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are routinely linked to lower levels of patient supervision. Closer supervision can minimize the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-plus

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 3.18% of Patients had UTIs

This is an indication of the percentage of long-term care patients which suffered from UTI's. UTI's could be an indication of lower quality nursing care. Nevertheless, this metric could also be skewed for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 15.14% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These medications are used for a variety of medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-plus

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 19.68% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percent of residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are commonly prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 2.85% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents showing signs of depression. Increased levels of depression may reveal a less hospitable environment.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: F

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 88.92% of Patients

This metric measures the percent of long-term residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 14.02% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percent of residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's may be a sign of the erosion of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 20.24% Percentage of Residents

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care patients who maintained mobility. Many in the industry argue that the ability to move around is vital to patients physical and mental health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 1.69 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 20.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical abilities of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: F

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 12.31 Percentage of Patients

This is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-minus

In The Retreat at Brightwater, 73.11% Percentage of Resident

This indicates the percent of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of independence with activities of daily living usually correlates with superior rehabilitation.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Grand Strand Regional Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 1.62 miles away809 82nd Parkway Myrtle Beach South Carolina 29572Proprietary(843) 692-1000
  • Lighthouse Behavioral Health HospitalPsychiatric 8.93 miles away152 Waccamaw Medical Park Drive Conway South Carolina 29526Proprietary(843) 347-8871
  • Conway Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 9.21 miles away300 Singleton Ridge Road Conway South Carolina 29526Voluntary non-profit - Private(843) 347-8037

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Medical Care Myrtle Beach2.5 miles away4592 Oleander Dr Myrtle Beach South Carolina 29577CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 21 (843) 839-4273
  • Myrtle Beach Dialysis2.95 miles away3919 Mayfair Street Myrtle Beach South Carolina 29577Dialysis Stations: 16 (843) 448-4920
  • Total Renal Care, Inc.8.77 miles away1350 Farrow Parkway Suite 100 Myrtle Beach South Carolina 29577CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 17 (843) 839-0966
  • Conway Dialysis Center10.06 miles away838 Farrar Drive Conway South Carolina 29526Dialysis Stations: 20 (843) 347-5111
  • Fmc Dialysis Services North Myrtle Beach11.68 miles away1307 13th Avenue North North Myrtle Beach South Carolina 29582CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 21 (843) 361-1709
  • Davita Longs Dialysis12.28 miles away90 Cloverleaf Dr Suite 306 Longs South Carolina 29568Dialysis Stations: 10 (843) 399-5275
  • Fresenius Medical Care West Conway12.6 miles away1702 Millpond Road Conway South Carolina 29527CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 16 (843) 488-0328
  • Fmc Dialysis Services Murrells Inlet18.78 miles away5011 Highway 17 Bypass Murrells Inlet South Carolina 29576CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 20 (843) 357-4840