21412 GREAT MILLS ROAD
LEXINGTON PARK, MD 20653
Chesapeake Shores is a nursing home in Lexington Park just outside of St. Mary's City. It has 117 beds and 105 residents. The facility provides both rehabilitation and short-term and long-term skilled nursing case.
This nursing home is owned by Signature HealthCARE, a very large nursing home and rehabilitation company that has 143 locations in 11 different states. It owns two nursing homes in Maryland, Chesapeake Shores and Signature HealthCARE at Mallard Bay, an average rated nursing home in Cambridge.
Chesapeake Shores boasts a 5-star rating. Yet within that overall Medicare rating of "much above average" is a 3-star average rating for staffing, and a below-average 2-star rating for quality measures. How do these numbers square up? Good question.Competition
Before we get into the nuts and bolts of Chesapeake Shores, let's look at the other options available.
Chesapeake Shores is the only nursing home in Lexington Park. The nearest nursing home is Solomons Nursing Center, a pretty well-rated facility that is an 18-minute drive (11 miles) from Chesapeake Shores. St. Mary's Nursing Center in Leonardtown is about the same distance away. After that, you have to drive to Prince Frederick for Calvert County Nursing Center and Charlotte Hall (which is mostly war veterans). The good news? These are all quality nursing homes based on the objective data that Medicare provides to us.Great Health Inspection
It must begin with the health inspection, for which Chesapeake Shores also received the top 5-star rating. That inspection turned up just one health deficiency - a stunningly good score. That is an A-plus. To put this in context, the Maryland average of 11, and the U.S. average of 7.1. Chesapeake Shores scored above average on fire safety, and it has had no federal fines or payment denials in the past three years.
Chesapeake Shores, which had its last standard inspection in September 2015, did have a complaint inspection in June 2016. But that inspection concerned exactly one complaint, and this one may have been due to an accounting error.Staffing
Total nursing time per patient per day at this facility was lower than the state and national averages. Chesapeake Shores was significantly below average on time spent by LPNs and LVNs (licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses) - just over half as much as the state and U.S. averages. It was slightly low on time spent by certified nursing assistants. However, Chesapeake Shores was right up there on RN staffing, with an average of 59 minutes per day (same as for Maryland statewide) and higher than the national average (51 minutes). This facility's 4-star rating on RN staffing no doubt helped it attain an overall 3-star score on staffing. This is a big company trying to cut costs. The biggest cost in a nursing home is staffing. The problem that there is a great correlation between the levels of staffing and the number of nursing home lawsuits. Because more qualified hands help keep patients safe.Quality Ups and Downs
Then came that low 2-star rating for quality measures.
For short-stay residents, Chesapeake Shore's metrics were mostly good. This facility was better than average on having fewer rehospitalizations and ER visits among former residents, and modestly better than average on improving residents' functionality and in limiting the use of antipsychotic meds. Short-stayers here were less than one-fourth as likely as average to have bedsore problems. However, short-stay residents at Chesapeake Shore reported higher pain levels than the state and national averages. This facility scored notably below average on flu and pneumonia vaccinations, inoculating just over half its short-stayers - whereas, statewide and nationally, about four out of five residents receive these vaccinations.
In quality measures for long-stay residents, Chesapeake Shores scored very closely with the state and national averages in most categories: sometimes a bit better, sometimes a bit worse, but only by a few percentage points either way. For these residents, Chesapeake Shores was above average on having lower fall rates, fewer pain reports, fewer residents with depressive symptoms, fewer needing antianxiety meds, and fewer needing help in performing daily activities. But these Chesapeake Shores residents were more likely to have urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers, and incontinence, as well as ongoing catheter use.
Two stats in particular could be red flags: Chesapeake Shores was significantly higher than average on administering antipsychotic meds to long-termers (28.7 percent, versus 14.1 percent statewide, 17.2 percent nationally); and it was significantly more apt than average to resort to using physical restraints (1.1 percent, versus 0.6 percent for Maryland, 0.8 percent nationally). Why does this raise red flags? The use of antipsychotic medication to manage nursing home patients is strongly associated with increased morbidity and mortality. So why do nursing homes do it so excessively? For some, it is a patient management issue. Drugged and restrained patients are easier to manage. So this nursing home doing so poorly could be foreboding.
So what to make of the stats? Is Chesapeake Shores not as good as its overall 5-star rating says, or is it better than its low rating on quality measures suggests? It is a paradox. The crystal ball this nursing home is cloudy.More Information
- Nursing home's website
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