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West Lawrence Care Center, LLC

1410 Seagrit Blvd., Far Rockaway, New York 11691

West Lawrence Care Center, LLC is located in Far Rockaway, New York. It has 215 certified beds that have been approved by the federal government to participate in Medicare and Medicaid, with an average of 198.1 residents per day. West Lawrence Care Center, LLC is not in a Continuing Care Retirement Community, and it is not in a hospital. It has a Resident Council to facilitate communications with the staff. The facility is a for profit corporation doing business under the legal business name of West Lawrence Care Center LLC.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gives each nursing home an overall rating on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. The overall rating* for West Lawrence Care Center LLC is 2 stars which is a “below average” rating. The CMS also assigns a star rating in each of 3 categories: health inspections, staffing, and quality of resident care measures. Nursing homes vary in the quality of care and services they provide to their residents. Health inspection results, staffing data, and quality of resident care information are 3 important ways to measure the quality of a nursing home.

Health Inspections

West Lawrence Care Center, LLC’s star rating for health inspections is 1 star which is a “much below average” rating. Approximately once a year, New York State inspectors conduct full inspections of nursing homes for compliance with the federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations, which aims to protect and improve the health and safety of residents. Throughout a year, a nursing home may also be inspected based on a complaint submitted by a resident (or other individual), or based on a facility’s self-reported incident, such as a resident suffering an injury.

The date of the most recent health inspection was January 15, 2019. When inspectors find noncompliance, the facility receives a citation that indicates the specific federal regulation that was violated. During the January 15, 2019 inspection of West Lawrence Care Center, LLC, 5 health citations were noted. The average number of health citations in New York is 4.8, while the national average is 7.8. In the past 3 years there were 2 complaints that resulted in citations, but no occasions in which there were facility-reported incidents that resulted in citations.

Staffing

West Lawrence Care Center, LLC received a “much below average” rating (1 star) for staffing. The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day at West Lawrence Care Center, LLC is 49 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 West Lawrence Care Center, LLC is 13 minutes compared to 42 minutes for New York and 41 minutes for the United States. The licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/LVN) hours per resident per day at West Lawrence Care Center, LLC is 36 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. West Lawrence Care Center, LLC provides 2 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.

Quality of Resident Care

CMS combines the values of 17 quality measures (QMs) to create three quality of resident care ratings: a short-stay quality measure rating, a long-stay quality measure rating, and an overall quality measure rating. QMs are derived from clinical data reported by the nursing home and from Medicare claims data submitted for payment.

West Lawrence Care Center, LLC’s star rating for overall quality of resident care is 5 stars which is a “much above average” rating.

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 benefit. West Lawrence Care Center, LLC’s star rating for short-stay residents is 4 stars which is an “above average” rating.

21.3% of West Lawrence Care Center, LLC’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. 1.7% of short-stay residents of West Lawrence Care Center, LLC 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. 3.4% of the skilled nursing facility residents at West Lawrence Care Center, LLC had pressure ulcers that were new or worsened while residing at this facility. The national average stands at 1.6%.

Nursing facilities are also evaluated for their flu and pneumonia prevention measures. 76.6% of West Lawrence Care Center, LLC’s short-stay residents received the needed flu shot for current flu season. This percentage is lower 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 West Lawrence Care Center, LLC is 75.2%, 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. West Lawrence Care Center, LLC’s rating for long-stay residents is 5 stars which is a “much above average” rating.

A part of a nursing home’s quality of resident care rating is the number of resident hospitalizations. For West Lawrence Care Center, LLC, the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 long-stay resident days is 1.39, while the New York average is 1.55, and the national average is 1.75. As for the number of outpatient emergency department visits per 1,000 long-stay resident, for West Lawrence Care Center, LLC the number is days is 0.49, which is somewhat lower than the New York average of 0.74, and the national average of 1.03.

The rating also takes into consideration specific medical issues experienced by residents. The percentage of long-stay residents at West Lawrence Care Center, LLC experiencing one or more falls with major injury is 3.1, while the New York average is 2.9, and the national average is 3.4. The percentage of long-stay high-risk residents at West Lawrence Care Center, LLC with pressure ulcers is 7.8%, compared to the New York average of 8.6% and the national average of 7.4%. The percentage of long-stay residents at West Lawrence Care Center, LLC with a urinary tract infection is 0.1%, compared to the higher New York average of 2.4% and the higher national average of 2.8%. The percentage of long-stay residents at West Lawrence Care Center, LLC who have or had a catheter inserted and left in their bladder is 0.0%, 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 West Lawrence Care Center, LLC, 18.0% 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 West Lawrence Care Center, LLC whose need for help with daily activities has increased is 28.5%, compared to the lower New York average of 13.3% and the lower national average of 14.8%. None of long-stay residents West Lawrence Care Center, LLC reported moderate to severe pain, compared to the New York average of 4.0% and the national average of 6.9%.

Fines

When a nursing home gets a serious citation or fails to correct a citation for a long period of time, that facility may be assessed a penalty. A penalty can be a fine against the facility or a denied payment from Medicare. West Lawrence Care Center, LLC has not received a penalty from the federal government in the last 3 years.

*Disclaimer

The information about the performance of West Lawrence Care Center, LLC 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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