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Choosing a nursing home for yourself or a loved one is an important decision with many critical factors. As you look to choose a nursing home, be sure outline what your key priorities are and to research a variety of options.
For people located in Florida, one nursing home option is West Broward Rehabilitation and Healthcare. Read on to learn more about this facility, including details about the facility, its Medicare nursing facility score, and its services and staffing.
West Broward Rehabilitation and Healthcare is a for-profit, short-term and long-term care nursing facility located in Plantation, FL. The facility has 120 certified beds and participates in Medicare and Medicaid. The facility offers support and availability for short-term rehabilitation stays, retreat stays for loved ones who require temporary care, long-term stays for consistent medical support, and hospice stays.
West Broward employs a chef and registered dietitians and offers a flexible menu in compliance with food pyramid guidelines. The facility offers a variety of activities and offers residents a personalized activity program and calendar to meet their physical and personal capabilities and interests.
Nursing Home Rating
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provide data and ratings that allow you to compare the quality of care provided in Medicare-certified skilled nursing facilities across the nation. These ratings are a good starting point for analyzing a potential facility.
The overall Medicare rating for West Broward Rehabilitation and Healthcare is two stars or "below average." The rating is based on health inspections, staffing, and quality of resident care. West Broward Rehabilitation and Healthcare had varying results across these three factors:
- Health Inspections: West Broward Rehabilitation and Healthcare earned only one star for health inspections and is considered much below average. The rating is based on the facility's current inspection and two prior inspections and findings from the most recent three years of complaint and infection control inspections. It is important to note that the last inspection was from 2019, so it is possible the facility has made progress since that date. The facility received seven health citations compared to an average of 5.8 in Florida. One of the more notable failures was a failure to provide and implement an infection prevention and control program.
- Staffing: The facility performed well in staffing, receiving four stars and considered above average. This rating is based on the number of RNs per resident per day and total nursing staff hours per resident per day.
- Quality of Resident Care: West Broward Rehabilitation and Healthcare received an average score of three stars for this factor. The quality of care is notably different for short stays of less than 100 days (two stars) and long stays of 101 days or more (four stars). Areas where the facility fell short for short-stays included the percentage of short-stay residents who improved their ability to move around on their own (only 27.5% as compared to the Florida average of 73.4%) and percentage of residents who are at or above an expected ability to care for themselves at discharge (19.6% as compared to the Florida average of 52.8%). For long-term stays, some metrics where the facility exceeded Florida and national averages include:
- Number of outpatient emergency department visits for long-term stay residents
- Long-term residents experiencing falls with a major injury
- Long-term residents experiencing a urinary tract infection
- Percentage of long-stay residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased
The Medicare ratings provide important insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the facility.
Staffing and Service Details
West Broward advertises a variety of physician direct and rehab practices, including:
- Ultrasound, patterned electrical neuromuscular stimulation, shortwave diathermy, and infrared therapy
- Nu-step cardiac rehabilitation equipment and programs
- VitalSlim therapy administered by speech and language pathologists
- Interactive motion-sensitive technology
The facility does not have an Alzheimer's unit so is not a good option for individuals suffering from Alzheimers.
The Medicare rating also provides details on the facility's staffing. Important statistics include:
- 40 minutes of RN hours per resident per day, which falls slightly below the Florida average of 49 minutes
- 58 minutes of LPN/LVN hours per resident per day, which exceeds the Florida average of 52 minutes
- 2 hours and 39 minutes of nurse aid hours per resident per day, which hits very close to the Florida average of 2 hours and 41 minutes
- 11 minutes of physical therapist staff hours per resident per day, almost double the Florida average of six minutes
The staffing numbers for West Broward Rehabilitation and Healthcare are comparable or favorable compared to Florida and national averages.
The information provided here provides a helpful starting point as you consider this and other nursing facilities for you or a loved one. It is important to perform your own research and to visit possible facilities. Consider using this checklist as you compare and contrast different nursing home facility options.
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