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Washington County Nursing Home

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A-plus
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Washington County Nursing Home's website

14600 St Stephens Avenue,
Chatom AL 36518

(251) 847-6412

85% estimated occupancy 1

Washington County Nursing Home is an average-sized hospital-based nursing home in Chatom, Alabama. This nursing home proved to be an A+ rated facility. Being awarded an A+ in our rating system requires superb performance across the board. In fact, this nursing home has the prestigious distinction of being one of the top 25 facilities in Alabama. Headlining this facility's exemplary profile is its inspection score, which is addressed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Government - County
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Radiation Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

One of the many reasons this ended up being a great nursing home is that it earned an A+ in our inspections category. This is as good as it gets in this critical category. Perhaps the most important factor we look at in calculating our inspection grades is deficiencies. These deficiencies are found on a facility's inspection reports. Facilities with better scores in this area typically avoided the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. This facility was hit with 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This indicates that CMS didn't deem any of these deficiencies to create an immediate threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-plus

Another reason we rated this nursing home so highly is that it received an A+ nursing grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this category. Nursing grades are 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, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

The third category we assessed is long-term care. Adding to its high-end profile, this facility also excelled in that category. In fact, we awarded it a of A for the area. Long-term care grades of this caliber generally require both around the clock care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. After assessing the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we then looked at the facility's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is much higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

In the final category, we gave this facility a grade of A+ for its short-term care score. This finished off a very impressive profile. In determining our short-term care scores, we analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. The objective is to formulate a scale for sizing up the rehabilitation services of various nursing homes. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last measure we looked at in this category is the percentage of patients who ultimately returned home from the facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Washington County Nursing Home Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Washington County Nursing Home, 9.23% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percent of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-minus

In Washington County Nursing Home, 3.48% of Patients had Serious Falls

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term residents who have sustained a fall leading to serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls could be a sign of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Washington County Nursing Home, 3.13% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are linked to poor hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Washington County Nursing Home, 19.45% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This gauges the percent of long-term residents receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used appropriately. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may suggest that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: C

In Washington County Nursing Home, 23.11% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percent of patients given antianxiety medications. These medications are generally prescribed to residents suffering from depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Washington County Nursing Home, 1.27% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who are showing depressive symptoms. Some experts would argue this is a reasonable measure of resident quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Washington County Nursing Home, 92.58% of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term care patients who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for seniors, making these types of vaccines critical to patient well-being.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A

In Washington County Nursing Home, 12.92% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In Washington County Nursing Home, 15.91% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percent of patients who maintained mobility over time. Optimizing mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

In Washington County Nursing Home, 1.62 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is important to preserving the physical well-being of nursing home patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Washington County Nursing Home, 15.91 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.