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Accura Healthcare of Ames

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Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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Accura Healthcare of Ames's website

3440 Grand Avenue,
Ames IA 50010

(515) 232-3426

75.37% estimated occupancy 1

Accura Healthcare of Ames is located in Ames, Iowa. The city has a total of 62,905 people. We awarded this nursing home an overall grade of B-. A grade of this caliber requires some respectable scores. Based on our analysis, there are definitely far worse nursing homes out there. The best part of this place's profile was is its nursing rating. Nursing grades are discussed in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • No Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Stroke Recovery
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Diabetes Management
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

This nursing home earned a nursing score which is stronger than its overall rating. We awarded this place an above average score of B+ in this area. The nursing score is based on several datapoints. The most heavily weighted one is the number of hours nurses spend with patients. This particular nursing home provided 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a facility has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B

It should also be noted that this nursing home's inspection score was strong as well. We awarded it a B for inspections, which is one of our better grades. Our inspection ratings are tied to pieces of information found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that excel in this area tend to have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these places generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. While this place had some minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means that CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A few minor deficiencies aren't the end of the world.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This nursing home's next highest category turned out to be its short-term care score, where it received a B-. Our short-term care ratings are arguably more meaningful for those requiring a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically utilizes more skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes not just nursing, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Unfortunately, we weren't able to track down information on registered nurse or physical therapy staffing for this nursing home. The final item we considered in this area is the number of patients who were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that just 4.7 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home. Unfortunately, this was below the national average.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

Moving on to our fourth category, this facility was given a respectable long-term care score of B-. In the area of long-term care, we assess the quantity of services offered by a facility, rather than more medically-intensive services. On top of assessing the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 94.618835 percent of its residents, which is more than the majority of nursing homes. Finally, this facility was also able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jul 22

Accura Healthcare of Ames Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols can limit the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure gauges the percent of long-term stay residents which have suffered a fall which caused major injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be an indication of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. These infections could be associated with insufficient hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This figure gauges the percent of long-term residents taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to make sure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some cases, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This datapoint is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents receiving antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 4.77% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents demonstrating depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 94.58% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for seniors, making these types of vaccines critical to patient well-being.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 16.85% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 20.59% Percentage of Residents

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who maintained mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: D

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: F

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 11.44 Percentage of Patients

This metric measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: C

In Accura Healthcare of Ames, 79.44% Percentage of Resident

This is the percentage of short-term stay patients that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with ADL's usually correlates with higher quality rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Mary Greeley Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 1.65 miles away1111 Duff Avenue Ames Iowa 50010Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 239-2011
  • Story County HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 10.12 miles away640 South 19th Street Nevada Iowa 50201Government - Local(515) 382-2111
  • Boone County HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 13.15 miles away1015 Union Street Boone Iowa 50036Government - Local(515) 432-3140

Nearby Dialysis

  • Ames Mary Greeley Dialysis2.46 miles away2322 E. 13th St. Ames Iowa 50010Dialysis Stations: 16 (515) 239-6800