1304 PENNSYLVANIA AVE
HAGERSTOWN, MD 21742
- Located in Washington County, Maryland
- Nonprofit corporation
- Certified beds: 59
- Last Medicare rating: 4 stars
Coffman's Nursing Home is a small nonprofit nursing home in Hagerstown, Maryland that provides patients with skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. It is a smaller 59-bed nursing home but it does have nearly $5 million in assets and bringing in over $6 million a year in revenue.
This nursing home certainly talks the talk. Coffman Nursing Home's website boldly announces "The 'Right Choice.'"
"When someone you love has an injury or illness that requires skilled care or rehabilitation, all you want to do is make the right decision… the right choice."Coffman Nursing Home is that 'right choice.'"
The truth is that this is a better than average nursing home In its most recent standard Medicare survey, Coffman scored an overall 4-star rating - above average - and also scored 4 stars across the board in the survey's three main categories (health inspection, staffing, quality measures). These are good marks. But this facility does have some notable flaws and some of the mistakes that it does make are markers for nursing home lawsuits.Competitors
Nursing home residents in Hagerstown have a lot of options:
- Golden LivingCenter - Hagerstown: A below average rated nursing home owned by a national chain of elder care facilities that is just over 3 miles down Dual Highway/Route 40.
- Julia Manor Health Care Center: An average rated nursing home less than three miles from Coffman owned by Mid-Atlantic Health Care.
- NMS Healthcare of Hagerstown: A very large 203-bed facility that is rated below average that is owned my NMS Healthcare.
- Ravenwood Nursing Care Center: An above average rated nursing home that is part of a Lutheran nonprofit.
- Western Maryland Hospital Center: A small nursing home that gets mixed reviews: good staffing and quality and a very poor health inspection report.
If the "right choice" implies excellence, then Coffman has a claim here with respect to its most recent Medicare health inspection.
That survey, in June 2015, found only a single deficiency - in the category of pharmacy services - and no deficiencies at all in any of the other seven measured categories. Coffman's lone deficiency compares very favorably with the Maryland average of 11, and the U.S. average of 7.1.
On the other hand, Coffman was cited for nine fire safety deficiencies: more than twice the Maryland average (4) and the U.S. average (3.4). Why does this matter? The first is obvious: nursing home fires are a real problem in nursing homes. But it is also a sign that the nursing home is not doing all of the little things that it should do to be successful. Our nursing home attorneys see a correlation between nursing homes that do the little things and the number of mistakes that are made that lead to injury or death.Short Staffing with Some Nurses
As nursing homes go, this nonprofit corporation is smaller than average: only 55 residents, at the last official tally, versus the Maryland state average of 107.5, and the national average of 86.2. But at this facility, having fewer residents does not translate into giving each resident more nursing attention. In terms of total nursing time per resident per day, Coffman was decidedly lower than average (1 hour, 16 minutes; versus the Maryland average, 1 hour, 51 minutes, the U.S. average of 1 hour, 42 minutes). Compared with the Maryland and U.S. averages, Coffman gave residents only one-fourth as much daily time with LPNs and LVNs (licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses): just 13 minutes, versus Maryland's 52 minutes, and the U.S. average of 51 minutes. Coffman provided its residents with only one-quarter to one-third as much physical therapist time as the state and national averages. So Coffman is saving a fortune by not even meeting the measly Maryland average for these nurses. Again, this is another correlator for nursing home lawsuits.
However, Coffman slightly beat the state and national averages on RN time per resident per day - and got a 5-star rating for the RN category. This facility was much better than average, by a big leap, in employing certified nursing assistants: residents got 3 hours and 19 minutes per day with CNAs -- almost a full hour more per day than the Maryland and national averages. With its RN and CNA scores counterweighing its lower staffing numbers, Coffman got a 4-star rating for staffing overall. This is a bit of a paradox. Most nursing homes short the RN hours while giving more hours to the lower paid nurses. Coffman is doing the exact opposite.Good for Short-Stayers
For quality measures, Coffman got yet another four stars - likely helped by its scores for short-stay residents, which were very good almost across the board. Coffman beat the Maryland and U.S. averages in six of the nine measured categories for short-staying residents.
Not only did Coffman have a higher successful discharge rate for short-termers (65.3 percent, versus Maryland 59.1 percent, U.S. 55 percent) but its former residents were less likely than average to require rehospitalization or a visit to the ER. These Coffman residents were more likely to receive antipsychotic meds (a minus) but also more likely to get flu and pneumonia vaccinations (a plus).
Coffman short-termers came in slightly below the state and national norms on residents' making improvement in functionality. But on the incidence of pressure ulcers (bed sores), Coffman was downright perfect, with zero percent incidence among short-termers, versus the Maryland and U.S. averages of 1.3 percent. Like fire safety, bed sores are a good marker for whether the nursing home is doing the little things to keep patients safe. Coffman comes out of the good end on bedsores to be sure.
For long-stay residents, however, Coffman had some really big swings in its metrics: some top scores (as in, you can't do better) and some scores so bad that they would seem to raise red flags. Some of this facility's stats even seem contradictory, as in its very low depression rates but very high use of antianxiety meds.
Coffman scored better than the Maryland and U.S. averages in nine of 15 measured categories for long-stay residents. It was significantly better than the state and national norms in helping long-termers maintain their mobility and their ability to carry out daily activities without help. On preventing bed sores (pressure ulcers), Coffman again was very much better than the state or national averages: its 1.6 percent incidence rate meant that long-termers here were about one-fourth as likely as the state and U.S. averages to have this issue.
On the downside, Coffman long-termers were almost four times as likely as average to have urinary tract infections (16.4 percent, versus 4.5 percent Maryland, 4.8 percent U.S.). But on a related issue, ongoing catheterization of residents, Coffman was perfect: zero percent, versus Maryland average 2.5 percent, U.S. 3 percent.Striking Figure
Coffman scored near-perfectly in terms of depressive symptoms - a very important gauge of residents' contentment levels. The rate of depression at Coffman for long-stayers was half of one percent - far better than the state (4.8 percent) and U.S. (5.4 percent) averages. In a related stat, Coffman was a bit less likely to administer antipsychotic meds. On the downside, Coffman was very much more likely to give out antianxiety meds: 37 percent, versus Maryland's 18.3 percent average, and the U.S. 23.6 percent average. As to basic vaccinations, this facility bested Maryland and the U.S. on giving pneumonia shots, and for flu its vaccination rate was a perfect 100 percent.
Then there were some sharp drops in this facility's scores. While the Maryland and U.S. average incontinence rates are 58 percent and 46.6 percent, respectively, the rate among Coffman long-termers was 81.8 percent: while only half of long-stayers, nationally, and three out of five, statewide, have this issue, more than four-fifths of Coffman's long-stayers were found to be incontinent.
Then there was one quality measure that produced a figure so striking that it calls attention, once again, to the claims Coffman makes on its website. "The Social Work Department," Coffman states, "is responsible for the psychological and social needs of residents…. The social worker is a resident advocate. In this role the rights of the residents are assured and protected."
Yet one of the greatest disparities between Coffman and the state or national averages was in the use of physical restraints. The Maryland average is 0.6 percent, the U.S. average, 0.8 percent: low numbers, yes; but for a last-resort measure that (one hopes) need not happen at all. At Coffman, the use of physical restraints was 4.9 percent - six to eight times higher than the state and national averages. Statewide and nationally, less than one person in 100 is physically restrained; but at Coffman, one person in twenty is restrained. It is such a high number that it cries out for an explanation; we wonder what the Coffman "resident advocate" would say about it. And we wonder how many of those restrained residents and their families felt that they made "the right choice" in coming here.Hagerstown Elder Abuse or Neglect Lawyer
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- Coffman's Facebook page has some reviews that paint a good picture of the facility
- Here is Coffman's most recent inspection report. Of course, they need to make sure they are properly labeling and maintaining the resident's drugs. But, again, this is a very good inspection report, especially compared to some of the other facilities in Hagerstown
- Our lawyers conduct a similar analysis of each nursing homes in Maryland
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