Traverse Care Center is a small non-profit nursing home located in Wheaton, Minnesota. We gave this facility an overall grade of B-. A score of this caliber requires some decent scores. Based on our ratings, there are definitely much worse places out there. The best part of this facility's profile was is its inspection reports. We discuss inspections in the next section.
Traverse Care Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
303 Seventh Street South,
Wheaton MN 56296
73.19% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
The main reason this turned out to be a decent nursing home is that it earned an elite inspection score. In fact, its inspection score was far superior to its overall grade. In our inspections category, we gave it an A-. Inspection scores are based on many items found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that receive favorable grades in this category typically have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these places generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. Fortunately, although this place had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G through L. This means that the government inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. We should point out that deficiency-free inspection reports are rare in this industry.
One of the other reasons we rated this nursing home so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing grade. In that category, we gave this facility an B. Nursing scores are based in large part on levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 2.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at certain nursing quality-based metrics in computing our nursing grades. These include minimizing residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We look at these statistics as good measures of the quality of nursing care provided, since better care tends to reduce these problems.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facility also was awarded a positive short-term care score. Indeed, we gave them a B in that category, which is one of our better. Our short-term care grades are meaningful for prospective residents needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically requires more skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means a wide spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other types of therapy. One of this nursing home's strength is that it offers more hours of care from registered nurses to its residents. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of residents that ultimately returned home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we graded was long-term care, which turned out to be this nursing home's least impressive area. We gave this nursing home a grade of D in this category. Naturally, this grade pulled down the nursing home's overall grade a bit. Long-term care ratings of this caliber generally are a bad sign for the quantity and quality of care provided by nurses and aids. After considering the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we next considered the nursing home's vaccination statistics. We were a bit concerned this facility vaccinated 85.91549 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which happens to be significantly below average. To our surprise, this place was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home had fewer hospitalizations than the average nursing home. This was its best feature in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Traverse Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Traverse Care Center, 6.9% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure gauges the percent of long-term care residents which are suffering from new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We consider this statistic when determining both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Traverse Care Center, 4.36% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of patients that suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls are often the result of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Traverse Care Center, 2.82% of Patients had UTIs
This figure measures the percent of long-term patients who experienced urinary tract infections. UTI's may be an indication of lower quality nursing care. However, this statistic could be skewed for certain nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Traverse Care Center, 16.53% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic medications. These drugs are sometimes used for a variety of conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Traverse Care Center, 12.02% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of residents given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are administered to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Traverse Care Center, 4.55% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents exhibiting symptoms of depression. Some experts argue that this is a reliable measure of resident quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Traverse Care Center, 94.12% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Traverse Care Center, 13.22% Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and eating.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Traverse Care Center, 19.91% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who remained mobile levels.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Traverse Care Center, 19.91 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between staying out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Traverse Care Center, 76.23% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term stay residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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