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Verrazano Nursing Home

100 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10301

Verrazano Nursing Home is located on Staten Island, New York. It has 120 certified beds that have been approved by the federal government to participate in Medicare and Medicaid, with an average of 112.8 residents per day. Verrazano Nursing 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 a for profit corporation.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gives each nursing home an overall rating* on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, as well as star ratings in the categories of health inspections, staffing, and quality of resident care. The overall rating for Verrazano Nursing Home is “average” or 3 stars.

Health Inspections

Verrazano Nursing Home’s star rating for health inspections is an “above average” rating. Roughly once every 12-18 months, New York State inspectors conduct full inspections of nursing homes for compliance with the federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations. In addition, at any time during the year a nursing home may also be inspected based on a complaint submitted by a resident, relative or other individual, or based on a facility’s self-reported incident. For example, complaints may be based on concerns related to abuse, neglect, insufficient staff, poor care, unsanitary conditions, or dietary problems. When inspectors find noncompliance, the facility receives a citation.

The date of the most recent health inspection was December 11, 2018. In that report 4 health citations were noted. One noted deficiency was related to how the facility handled garbage. Specifically, the state surveyor made observations of uncovered garbage bins filled with trash and
garbage, despite the facility having a policy and procedure titled “Garbage Disposal” that required that the garbage dumpster lids must be closed shut every time after disposal. In addition, it was noted that the facility did not ensure infection control protocols were followed. Specifically, while providing wound care to a resident, a Licensed Practical Nurse was observed on five different occasions either not washing her hands or performing hand hygiene. Also, it was observed that residents were not always provided with hand wipes or taken to wash hands prior to eating meals.

In the period from April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019, there were no complaint inspections.

Staffing

For staffing, Verrazano Nursing Home received a “much below average” rating. The staffing rating is based on 2 measures: registered nurse hours per resident per day; and total staffing hours per resident per day. Total staffing includes: registered nurses, licensed practical nurses/licensed vocational nurses, and nurses aides.

The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day at Verrazano Nursing Home is 52 minutes, while 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 Verrazano Nursing Home is 19 minutes compared to 42 minutes for New York and 41 minutes for the United States. The licensed practical/vocational nurses hours per resident per day at Verrazano Nursing Home is 34 minutes compared to 49 minutes for New York and 53 minutes for the United States.

Physical therapist hours are also measured. This measure shows the average time physical therapists spend providing care tor residents throughout the facility. However, not all nursing home residents require physical therapy. Verrazano Nursing Home provides 4minutes 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.

Quality of Resident Care

Verrazano Nursing Home’s star rating for overall quality of resident care is 4 stars which is an “above average” rating. Facilities are also rated on their quality of care for short-stay residents and long-stay residents.

Short-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 (SNF) benefit. Verrazano Nursing Home’s star rating for short-stay residents is 2 stars which is a “below average” rating.

16.8% of Verrazano Nursing 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%. Antipsychotic medications can be used to treat certain mental health conditions. 6.0% of short-stay residents of Verrazano Nursing Home received antipsychotic medication for the first time, while the New York average is 1.5%. and the national average is 1.8%.

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. None of the skilled nursing facility residents at Verrazano Nursing 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. 94.1% of Verrazano Nursing Home’s short-stay residents received the needed flu shot for current flu season. This percentage is higher than both the New York and national averages which stand at 82.6% and 82.3%, respectively.

As for the percentage of short-stay residents who needed and got a vaccine to prevent pneumonia, the percentage for Verrazano Nursing Home is 99.3%, while the average for New York is 79.3% and the average for the United States is 83.2%.

Long-stay residents. Long-stay residents are those who spent over 100 days in a nursing home. Verrazano Nursing Home’s rating for long-stay residents is 5 stars which is a “much above average” rating.

The rating also takes into consideration specific medical issues experienced by residents. The percentage of long-stay residents at Verrazano Nursing Home experiencing one or more falls with major injury is 1.6, while the New York average is 2.9, and the national average is 3.4. The percentage of long-stay high-risk residents at Verrazano Nursing Home with pressure ulcers is 3.9%, compared to the New York average of 8.6% and the national average of 7.4%. The percentage of long-stay residents at Verrazano Nursing Home with a urinary tract infection is 1.6%, compared to the New York average of 2.4% and the national average of 2.8%. The percentage of long-stay residents at Verrazano Nursing Home who have or had a catheter inserted and left in their bladder is 1.6%, compared to the New York average of 1.6% and the national average of 2.2%.

As for factors related to mobility and pain, the rating examines the percentage of residents whose ability to move independently worsened. For Verrazano Nursing Home, 4.5% of long-stay residents’ ability to move independently worsened. The average for New York is 16.0% and the national average is 17.9%. The percentage of long-stay residents at Verrazano Nursing Home whose need for help with daily activities has increased is 6.3%, compared to the New York average of 13.3% and the national average of 14.8%. The percentage of long-stay residents Verrazano Nursing Home who report moderate to severe pain is 0.7%, compared to the New York average of 4.0% and the national average of 6.9%.

Fines

When a facility gets a serious citation or fails to correct a citation for a long period of time, the federal government may assess a penalty. A penalty can be a fine against the facility or a denied payment from Medicare. Verrazano Nursing Home has not received a penalty from the federal government in the last 3 years.

*Disclaimer

The information about the performance of Verrazano Nursing 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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