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Altoona Center for Nursing Care

  • Nursing Home
  • Assisted Living

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: F
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Altoona Center for Nursing Care's website

1020 Green Avenue,
Altoona PA 16601

(814) 946-2700

66.75% estimated occupancy 1

Altoona Center for Nursing Care is an average-sized nursing home located in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Our rating scheme was not favorable to this nursing home, as it received an overall rating of F. If you are not satisfied with this facility's low overall grade, you may find you have slim pickings in Altoona. The city has just two other nursing homes. We were surprisingly able to give this nursing home some positive feedback for our inspections category, which you can read more about below.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Hemodialysis
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: B-plus

While we gave this facility a terrible overall score, we gave it a B+ for our inspections rating. This is due to the facility receiving a decent government inspection report this year. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining our inspection scores. One key factor is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some of these are relatively minor. While this nursing home had some minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G through L. This tells you the inspectors 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 are not the end of the world.

Nurse Quality

Grade: D

One of the other reasons we rated this facility so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing score. In that category, we awarded this facility an D. Nursing scores are based in large part on nurse staffing levels. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in calculating our nursing grades. This facility performed well when it comes to avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: F

Another issue is the F this nursing home was given in the area of short-term care. Our short-term care ratings are considered to be most critical for residents needing rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation generally mandates additional highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes not just nursing services, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other forms of therapy. Based on its score in this area, we were not stunned to learn that this place was well below average in terms of the quantity of registered nurse and physical therapy hours provided to its residents based on the figures we looked at. Honestly, this was about what we expected to find. The last datapoint we assessed in this area is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 3.2 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these subpar metrics was damning for this nursing home's short-term care score.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: F

Turning to the fourth category, this facility did not fare very well in this category either. With an abysmal grade of F in long-term care, this is about as bad as it gets. Facilities that don't score well in long-term care often do not provide as much nursing care and also may be lagging in some of the areas of routine medical care we assessed. After looking at the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we turned to the facility's vaccination data. We were disappointed to learn that this facility vaccinated a relatively low 50.95057 percent of its residents against pneumonia. To our surprise, this facility was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this facility has fewer hospitalizations than the average nursing home. This was its best score in this category.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Altoona Center for Nursing Care Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: D

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 7.72% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This figure indicates the percent of long-term care patients that are suffering from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are an measure of quality of care.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 3.42% of Patients had Serious Falls

This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term stay patients which experienced falls which caused severe injury. We use this statistic in computing our nursing scores.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 1.92% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often caused by lower quality nursing care. Additional nurse staffing can limit the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. We want to point out that this metric is affected by by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 15.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This datapoint is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 19.89% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic indicates the percent of long-term care patients receiving antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 3.23% of Patients

Measures the percent of long-term residents exhibiting signs of depression. Many believe this is a reasonable measure of patient quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: F

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 88.5% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 15.28% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and bathing.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 23.65% Percentage of Residents

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that were able to retain mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care. There is usually a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of nursing home care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 23.65 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical abilities of patients.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-plus

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 8.84 Percentage of Patients

This metric tracks the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-plus

In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 72.22% Percentage of Resident

This is a measure of the percent of short-term stay residents that saw functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Upmc AltoonaAcute Care Hospitals 0.29 miles away620 Howard Avenue Altoona Pennsylvania 16601Voluntary non-profit - Private(814) 889-2011
  • Conemaugh Nason Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 12.46 miles away105 Nason Drive Roaring Spring Pennsylvania 16673Voluntary non-profit - Private(814) 224-2141
  • Tyrone Regional Health NetworkCritical Access Hospitals 13.48 miles away187 Hospital Drive Tyrone Pennsylvania 16686Voluntary non-profit - Private(814) 684-1255
  • Conemaugh Miners Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 18.66 miles away290 Haida Avenue Hastings Pennsylvania 16646Proprietary(814) 247-3100

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Altoona0.47 miles away1602 Ninth Avenue Altoona Pennsylvania 16602CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 36 (814) 940-2440
  • u.s. Renal Care - Altoona0.72 miles away118 E. Chestnut Avenue Altoona Pennsylvania 16601CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 19 (814) 942-2569
  • Tyrone Dialysis Center13.5 miles away175 Hospital Drive Tyrone Pennsylvania 16686Dialysis Stations: 7 (814) 684-4390
  • Davita - Pdi Ebensburg16.07 miles away429 Manor Dr., Suite 650 Ebensburg Pennsylvania 15931Dialysis Stations: 9 (814) 472-2642
  • Dci of Hastings19.16 miles away264 Haida Avenue, Suite D Hastings Pennsylvania 16646Dialysis Stations: 8 (814) 247-8075