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Whester Nursing Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
Jan 19: B+Jul 19: A-Aug 19: A-Sep 19: A-Jan 20: A-Mar 20: A-Apr 20: B+May 20: B+Jun 20: B+Jul 20: B+Aug 20: B+Sep 20: B+Oct 20: B+Jan 21: B+Feb 21: B+Mar 21: B+Apr 21: AMay 21: AJun 21: AJul 21: B+Aug 21: B+Sep 21: B+Oct 21: B+Nov 21: B+Jan 22: B+Feb 22: B+Mar 22: B+Apr 22: A-May 22: A-Jun 22: A-
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Whester Nursing Center's website

400 Winchester Dr, PO Box 760,
Bernie MO 63822

(573) 293-6702

92.27% estimated occupancy 1

Located in Bernie, Missouri, Whester Nursing Center is the sole nursing home we identified in the area. With an A- overall grade, we ranked this nursing home in the top third of all facilities in the United States. Based on our assessment, this nursing home ought to be a no brainer for just about anybody. As you will find below, this nursing home also performed well in our category grades. It's hard to poke holes in this place's profile.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

One of the many reasons this turned out to be a quality nursing home is that it received an A+ inspection grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this critical category. These inspection scores take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these items by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. It does not look like we were able to find deficiency data for this facility. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

Contributing to its fine assessment, this facility also was given a superb long-term care score, with a grade of A-. In a long-term care environment, the nursing home's primary goal is to keep patients healthy and safe. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate patients. In addition to considering the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 36.666664 percent of its residents, which is a few points below what we anticipated. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.03 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

In addition, this nursing home also was given favorable short-term care grades in our assessment. In fact, we gave it one of our better grades in that area, with a score of B. Our short-term care ratings are important for people needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally requires higher levels of skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes a broad spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The final measure we looked at in this area is the percentage of patients that returned home from the facility. We found that 5.8 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

The last category we rated was nursing, where this nursing home was awarded a grade of B. Even though this is its worst category rating, this is nevertheless an above average grade. The nursing score features many subcategories. The most important factor is the number of hours nurses spend with residents. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well when it comes to avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Whester Nursing Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In Whester Nursing Center, 9.32% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Whester Nursing Center, 3.98% of Patients had Serious Falls

This measures the percent of long-term residents who have had falls leading to severe injury. This is one of the statistics we use in computing our nursing ratings.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Whester Nursing Center, 3.42% of Patients had UTIs

This statistic indicates the percent of long-term patients which experienced a UTI. UTI's could be an indicator of lower quality nursing care. However, this datapoint can be misleading for certain nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Whester Nursing Center, 20.31% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This statistic gauges the percent of long-term care residents who are prescribed antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in scenarios where such drugs are not medically indicated. Nevertheless, some facilities may need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of patients suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B

In Whester Nursing Center, 24.54% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This figure measures the percentage of long-term residents that were administered antianxiety drugs. These drugs are generally prescribed to residents experiencing depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Whester Nursing Center, 4.11% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term patients who are showing symptoms of depression. Many believe this is a measure of resident quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: F

In Whester Nursing Center, 88.89% of Patients

This metric measures the percent of long-term residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for nursing home patients, making these vaccines indispensable.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Whester Nursing Center, 14.76% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percent of patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of the erosion of a patient's health.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Whester Nursing Center, 15.81% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percent of residents who remained mobile levels over time. Optimizing mobility is often a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: D

In Whester Nursing Center, 1.64 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Whester Nursing Center, 15.81 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

Measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the health of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-minus

In Whester Nursing Center, 11.79 Percentage of Patients

This indicates the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care.