Timber Ridge Health Center is a large nursing home located in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. We gave this facility an overall grade of D. A score in this range typically suggests some concerning datapoints. If you are not satisfied with this facility's mediocre overall grade, you will be pleased to know there are five other nursing homes in Wilkes Barre. In spite of all this, this nursing home did just fine in our inspections category, which you can read more about below.
Timber Ridge Health Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
1555 East End Boulevard Plains Twp,
Wilkes Barre PA 18711
64.11% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
Although we didn't rate this facility favorably overall, we actually gave it an excellent grade in the category of inspections, where it received a grade of A-. Arguably the most important factor we consider in determining our inspection grades is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a facility's recent inspection reports. It is generally best to avoid nursing homes that had a long list of deficiencies. Fortunately, although this nursing home had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G through L. This means the inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies are not necessarily the end of the world.
Long-term Care Quality
We gave this nursing home just a D for our long-term care rating and that actually ended up being its second most favorable category. In a long-term care environment, the nursing home's primary goal is to keep patients as healthy and safe as possible. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate residents. After we finished assessing the amount of nursing care, we next considered the facility's vaccination data. We were optimistic to discover that this facility vaccinated 98.820755 percent of its residents for pneumonia. To our surprise, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 1.12 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home has fewer hospitalizations than most nursing homes. Sadly, some of its other scores in the category were not as favorable as these.
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This facility's next best category was nursing, but even there it received a grade of just D. This is still a well below average grade. Nursing grades are tied to quality and quantity of nursing care. This particular nursing home provided 3.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day, which is below average. This facility also had abysmal marks in some of the quality-based metrics to pair with its low nursing hours. We looked at the percent of residents suffering pressure ulcers and we were disappointed. This nursing home was at approximately 150 percent of the national average in this statistic. This is likely a bad sign when you consider that so many pressure ulcers are preventable with better nursing care. This statistic helped pull down this facility's nursing grade quite a bit.
Short-term Care Quality
Turning to the last area, this nursing home really didn't fare well here either. Due to a rock bottom grade of F in short-term care, this is just about as bad as it gets. In computing our short-term care grades, we analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. The goal is to formulate a barometer for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different nursing homes. We found that this place was subpar in several staffing areas we looked at. In fact, it offered fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other facilities. Finally, we looked at the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. This was not a strength for this nursing home. We found that just 39.7 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home. At most facilities, about half of their patients are able to return home so this is well below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Timber Ridge Health Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 7.73% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 3.42% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents that have had a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injuries are considered to be an indicator of nursing care . Major falls which result in injury are routinely the result of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 1.81% of Patients had UTIs
This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who had UTI's. While more infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it is difficult to compare different nursing homes due to nursing homes having inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 15.6% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to patients for many medical conditions, including dementia. Sadly, in limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 19.49% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure tells you the percentage of long-term residents taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 3.38% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients exhibiting symptoms of depression. High rates of depression may be a sign a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 89.35% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 15.62% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with ADL's could indicate erosion of a resident's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 23.88% Percentage of Residents
This is the percent of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 23.88 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the health of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 8.79 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Timber Ridge Health Center, 72.17% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term care residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with ADL's often correlates with superior rehabilitation.
Scores for Wilkes Barre, PA
- Overall Rating has a grade of C
- Nurse Rating has a grade of C
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of C
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of C
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
Looking for more options? Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania has 5 other nursing homes
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