Located in Amery, Wisconsin, Willow Ridge Healthcare is one of just a few available facilities there. This is a good nursing home. We awarded it an overall grade of B, which is a respectable score. As far as we can see, this facility looks like a solid choice for most people. Fortunately, this place didn't have any poor grades in any of the major categories. Additional information about its category grades is available below.
Willow Ridge Healthcare
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Amputee Recovery
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
One of the reasons this turned out to be a strong facility is that it received a very impressive inspection rating. Inspections is its best category. In that area, we awarded this facility an A. Perhaps the most significant factor we look at in calculating our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies are found on a facility's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes with better scores in this area most likely avoided the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Even some of the best nursing homes receive an occasional ding on their inspection report.
Short-term Care Quality
In addition, this facility also was given favorable short-term care scores in our assessment. In fact, we awarded them one of our stronger scores in that category, with a score of B+. Our short-term care grade is often employed to gauge a nursing home's rehabilitation services. In order to provide quality rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally must feature higher levels of skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other highly trained professionals. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final datapoint we looked at in this category is the number of patients that returned home from the facility. We found that 5.5 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
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Another strong feature for this facility is that it received an impressive nursing grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of B. Our nursing rating consists of a handful of components, many of which are based on nursing hours. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This place performed very well in the area of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Long-term Care Quality
Turning to the last category, this nursing home was given a grade of B- for long-term care, which is generally a decent rating. In a long-term care environment, the primary objective is to maintain residents' quality of life and keep them safe. One of the statistics we considered in addition to nursing hours was vaccinations. This facility administered the pneumonia vaccination to 93.07692 percent of its patients. On a more positive note, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Willow Ridge Healthcare Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 6.86% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 3.37% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents that suffered from a fall which resulted in major injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 3.17% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely linked to a facility with lower levels of hygiene. Nevertheless, this metric could also be skewed for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 13.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure gauges the percentage of long-term patients receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 15.58% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who are prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are commonly used to treat residents experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 6.45% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who are demonstrating depressive symptoms. Higher levels of depression could be an indicator worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 92.81% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 13.28% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 21.75% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who were able to retain mobility. Some experts believe that mobility is vital to patients mental and physical health.
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 1.26 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital is key to the physical well-being of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 21.75 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 13.28 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to gauge the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Willow Ridge Healthcare, 75.11% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percent of short-term residents that experienced functional improvements.
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