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Long Island State Veterans Home

100 Patriots Road, Stony Brook, New York 11790

Long Island State Veterans Home is in Stony Brook, New York. It has 350 certified beds that have been approved by the federal government to participate in Medicare and Medicaid, with an average of 344.9 residents per day. Long Island State Veterans Home is not in a continuing care retirement community, and it is not in a hospital. It has a resident and family council to facilitate communications with the staff. The facility is government-owned.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gives each nursing home an overall rating* on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. The CMS also assigns star ratings in the categories of health inspections, staffing, and quality of resident care. The overall rating for Long Island State Veterans Home is 4 stars. Nursing facilities are also regularly inspected to ensure that they are following fire safety rules.

Health Inspections

New York State inspectors regularly conduct full inspections of nursing homes for compliance with federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations. Long Island State Veterans Home’s star rating for health inspections is 4 stars. The date of the most recent health inspection of Long Island State Veterans Home was March 8, 2019. Three health citations were noted, while the average number of citations for New York is 4.8 and the average number of citations in the United States is 7.8. Issues noted include:

  • The facility did not ensure that a comprehensive person-centered care plan was developed and implemented for each resident that includes measurable objectives and time frames to meet a resident's medical and nursing needs
  • The facility did not ensure that each resident's drug regimen was free from
    unnecessary medications.

In addition, at any time during the year a nursing home may also be inspected based on a complaint submitted by a resident or some other individual, or based on an incident self-reported by the facility. During the last 3 years, there were no complaints that resulted in citation. However, there were no facility-reported incidents that resulted in a citation.

Staffing

In rating nursing facilities for staffing the CMS reviews the staffing levels. Specifically, it looks at the number of hours per resident of licensed nurses, registered nurses, nurse aides, licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/LVN), and physical therapists. According to the CMS, higher staffing levels may mean better care. In this category, Long Island State Veterans Home received 4 stars which is an “above average” rating.

For example, the CMS reviewed the average number of licensed nurse staff house. For Long Island State Veterans Home, the average total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day is 1 hour and 33 minutes, which is lower than the New York average is 1 hour and 31 minutes and the national average is 1 hour and 33 minutes. The registered nurse hours per resident per day at Long Island State Veterans Home is 1 hour and 3 minutes compared to 42 minutes for New York and 40 minutes for the United States. Long Island State Veterans Home’s LPN/LVN hours are lower than the New York and National averages. For Long Island State Veterans Home, the LPN/LVN hours per resident per day is 30 minutes compared to 49 minutes for New York and 53 minutes for the nation. The nurse aide hours per resident per day is 2 hours and 26 minutes, while the New York average is 2 hours and 15 minutes and the national average is 2 hours and 19 minutes. Long Island State Veterans Home provides 4 minutes of physical therapist staff hours per resident per day, compared to the New York average is 7 minutes and the national average is 5 minutes. However, not all nursing home residents require physical therapy.

Quality of Resident Care

Long Island State Veterans Home’s star rating for overall quality of resident care is 3 stars. Facilities are also rated on their quality of care for short-stay residents and long-stay residents. Short-stay residents are those who spent 100 days or less in a nursing home, or residents covered under the Medicare Part A Skilled Nursing Facility benefit. Long-stay residents are those who spent over 100 days in a nursing home. Long Island State Veterans Home received a rating of 2 stars for short-stay residents and 5-stars for long-stay residents.

Short-stay residents. In evaluating quality of care, the CMS looks at a wide range of factors related to improvement or deterioration in health. For example, for short-stay residents the CMS reviews each facility’s records related to hospitalizations. 20.2% of Long Island State Veterans Home’s short-stay residents were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission. The average for New York is 20.4% and national average is 22.6%. 5.4% of Long Island State Veterans Home’s short-stay residents had an outpatient emergency department visit, while the New York and national averages are 8.8% and 10.7%.

Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores or pressure injuries, are injuries to skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin, such as staying in one position for a long time. 2.3% of the skilled nursing facility residents at Long Island State Veterans Home had pressure ulcers that were new or worsened while residing at this facility. The national average is 1.6%.

Nursing facilities are also evaluated for their flu and pneumonia prevention measures. 94.3% of Long Island State Veterans Home’s short-stay residents received the needed flu shot for current flu season. This percentage is slightly higher than both the New York and national averages which stand at 82.7% and 82.4%, respectively. As for the percentage of short-stay residents who needed and got a vaccine to prevent pneumonia, the percentage for Long Island State Veterans Home is 94.6%, while the average for New York is 79.4% and the average for the nation is 83.2%.

Long-stay residents. In evaluating quality of care for long-stay residents, the CMS looks at some of the same factors as it does in evaluating quality of care for short-stay residents. For example, the rate of hospitalizations is evaluated. For Long Island State Veterans Home, the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 long-stay resident days is 1.73, which is lower than both the New York average of 1.55, and the national average of 1.75. As for the number of outpatient emergency department visits per 1,000 long-stay resident, for Long Island State Veterans Home the number of days is 0.44, while the New York average is 0.74, and the national average is 1.03.

As for pressure ulcers, the percentage of long-stay high-risk residents at Long Island State Veterans Home with pressure ulcers is 8.5%, compared to the New York average of 8.6% and the national average of 7.4%.

When it comes to flu and pneumonia prevention for long-stay residents, Schervier Rehabilitation’s efforts outpace both New York and the nation. 99.2% of Long Island State Veterans Home’s long-stay residents received the needed flu shot for current flu season, compared to 97.1% for New York and 95.6% for the nation. As for the percentage of long-stay residents who needed and got a vaccine to prevent pneumonia, the percentage for Long Island State Veterans Home is 99%, while the average for New York is 93.7% and the average for the nation is 93.7%.

Penalties

Citations can result in penalties. If the citation is particularly serious or if the nursing home takes a long to cure the citation, the federal government may either fine the nursing home, or deny payment from Medicare. Long Island State Veterans Home has not received a penalty from the federal government in the last 3 years.

Fire Safety Inspections

Nursing homes that are certified by Medicare and/or Medicaid must meet standards set by the government to ensure residents are safe. Fire safety specialists inspect nursing homes to determine if a nursing home meets the Life Safety Code (LSC) requirements, a set of fire safety and emergency preparedness requirements set by the CMS. These requirements are aimed at preventing fires, or protecting residents in the event of an emergency like a fire, hurricane, tornado, flood, power failure, or gas leak.

The most recent fire safety inspection was March 8, 2019. During that inspection 3 citations were noted which is higher than the New York average of 3.5 and national average of 2.9.

*Disclaimer

The information about the performance of Long Island State Veterans Home is from Medicare.gov and is based on past performance. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance. Further, we recommend that you check the statistics yourself at Medicare.gov for both accuracy and updates. Choosing a nursing home is a very difficult decision, and we make no representation as to the quality of any of the facilities or their ratings on the site.

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