Alpine Village Retirement Center is a small government-owned nursing home located in Verdigre, Nebraska. This nursing home turns out to be an A rated facility. It received one of the most impressive grades that we offer. A grade in this range requires excellent scores across the board. Based on our ratings, this nursing home is simply as good as it gets. Headlining this facility's stellar report card is its inspection grade, which we will address in the next section.
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Alpine Village Retirement Center
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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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On top of being a first rate nursing home overall, this nursing home excelled in the area of inspections, where it earned an A+. Few nursing homes performed as well in this area. Our inspection ratings are based on many items found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that score well in this category have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these facilities generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. While this place had a few minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those labeled as categories G through L. This tells you that the government inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
This facility also excelled in the area of nursing, where it received a grade of A. Few nursing homes performed better in this area. Our nursing score is mostly associated with a facility's level of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 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 place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can frequently be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third area we looked at is short-term care. Adding to its dominant profile, this facility also performed well in that area. In fact, we gave it a grade of of A- for that area. In forming these short-term care grades, we analyze the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. The purpose is to create a tool for sizing up the rehabilitation services of various nursing homes. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last statistic we assessed in this area is the number of residents that ultimately returned home from the nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.
Long-term Care Quality
Switching gears to the final area, this facility also performed well in our long-term care category. We awarded it a grade of B+ in that area. This completed a very strong report card. Facilities that do well in long-term care tend to provide patients with closer supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. After considering the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination record. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is far higher than the average nursing home. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Alpine Village Retirement Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Alpine Village Retirement Center, 6.58% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Alpine Village Retirement Center, 4.56% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric gauges the percent of long-term care patients which have sustained a fall which caused serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be an indication of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Alpine Village Retirement Center, 3.53% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic measures the percent of long-term residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's could be an indicator of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this datapoint may be misleading for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Alpine Village Retirement Center, 19.48% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic measures the percent of long-term patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may mean that a facility is using these medications to subdue residents in situations where such medications are not medically indicated. However, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these drugs due to an increased number of residents with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Alpine Village Retirement Center, 20.32% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients who were given antianxiety medications. These medications are generally used to treat patients experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Alpine Village Retirement Center, 3.91% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients showing signs of depression. High rates of depression may be a sign a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Alpine Village Retirement Center, 92.75% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home patients, making these vaccines indispensable.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Alpine Village Retirement Center, 15.57% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Alpine Village Retirement Center, 16.66% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who maintained mobility. Many argue that mobility is critical to residents' physical and mental well-being.
In Alpine Village Retirement Center, 1.62 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Alpine Village Retirement Center, 16.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Alpine Village Retirement Center, 76.12% Percentage of Resident
This metric measures the percent of short-term residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many argue this is a reasonable measure of rehabilitation services.