Altoona Center for Nursing Care is an average-sized nursing home located in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Sporting an overall grade of C, this looks like a decent facility. Based on our ratings, this place ought to meet the needs of many people. One of the highlights of this nursing home's report card is its impressive inspection grade, which you can find in the next paragraph.
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Altoona Center for Nursing Care
- Nursing Home
- Home Health Agency
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Aquatic Therapy
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
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Registered Staff Hours
We want to draw your attention to the fact that this facility outperformed its overall score in the category of inspections. In fact, it received a nearly flawless government inspection report this year. As a result, we gave it one of our highest scores in this area with a grade of A-. Our inspection grades weigh a host of factors found on a facility's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we consider is the number and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with better grades in this area tend to have very few severe deficiencies. Although this facility had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none were severe based on CMS' scale. A couple of minor deficiencies should not stop you from considering a nursing home.
We also wanted to note that this nursing home earned an B+ in our nursing category. Nursing grades are mostly based on the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality-based metrics and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a system of moving a resident more often.
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Long-term Care Quality
Sadly, this nursing home's next highest category is long-term care. Nevertheless, with a D in this area, it still fared relatively badly. Nursing homes that receive this kind of grade in this category likely don't provide the type of consistent 24/7 care that some other facilities provide. After we finished looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses, we then looked at the facility's vaccination records. Candidly, we were a bit concerned this nursing home vaccinated only 56.20155 percent of its patients against pneumonia. Surprisingly, this place was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this nursing home had fewer hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. This was its best feature in this category.
Short-term Care Quality
The final area we assessed was short-term care. It received an F for this area, which is a bottom of the barrel score. This is obviously a major disappointment. Our short-term care grades are based on the nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled nursing services. This includes a vast spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, in addition to other types of therapy. Given its score in this category, we weren't surprised to find that this place is well below average in terms of its number of registered nurse and physical therapy hours offered to its patients based on the data we looked at. Frankly, this was what we expected here. The final metric we assessed in this category is the number of patients that were able to return home from the nursing home. This nursing home struggled quite a bit in this area as well, with just 3.7 percent of its residents returning home. Unfortunately, this was quite a bit below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Altoona Center for Nursing Care Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 2.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term stay patients which are suffering from pressure ulcers . We consider this statistic when determining both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 3.1% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of residents that have had a fall resulting in serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 0.39% of Patients had UTIs
This metric gauges the percent of long-term stay patients which experienced a UTI. While a higher rate of these infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it can be problematic to compare different nursing homes due to nursing homes having varying reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 15.38% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These drugs are used to treat a variety of conditions, such as dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 22.22% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic indicates the percent of long-term care patients receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 0% 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
In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 72.7% 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
In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 9% 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
In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 16.98% of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that were able to retain mobility.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 16.98% 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
In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 12.77% 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
In Altoona Center for Nursing Care, 79.15% of Resident
This is a measure of the percent of short-term stay residents that saw functional improvements.
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