Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a facility located in Altoona, Iowa, a city with a total of 16,136 people. This facility received an overall grade of D based on the data we looked at. If you are not happy with this facility's poor overall grade, you may find your options to be limited in Altoona. The city has just one other nursing home. Despite all this, one of the few highlights of this facility's report card is its strong nursing rating. You can continue reading to learn more about nursing and other category scores
Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Peritoneal Dialysis
- Mental Health
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
Registered Staff Hours
While we were not high on this facility overall, we gave it an A- in nursing. This grade is far more impressive than the facility's overall grade. There are several criteria within this grade. Most of these factors reflect levels of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures 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 nursing home the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as having a system of moving patients at least once a day.
Short-term Care Quality
The second highest category we awarded this facility in any category came in the area of short-term care, where we awarded it a grade of C. Short-term care ratings are meaningful for patients needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually mandates more skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means a wide scope of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Unfortunately, this place was below average in terms of its quantity of registered nurse and physical therapy hours provided to its patients based on the measures we assessed. Lastly, we looked at the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 4.5 percent of this facility's residents returned home. At most nursing homes, closer to half of their residents are able to return home so this figure is below average.
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This facility received mediocre government inspections in recent years. We awarded them a C in this area. Inspection scores weigh a host of factors found on a nursing home's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we weigh heavily is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. This facility had 7 deficiencies on its government inspection report, but fortunately none were in categories G through L. This indicates that this facility avoided the more significant categories of deficiencies. Unfortunately, we also need to draw your attention to the fact that this facility received significant government fines in recent years.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we graded was long-term care, where this facility was given a poor score in this area as well. Unfortunately, we gave it a lowly F in this area, which is definitely a major concern. When facilities receive a grade in this range in this category it typically means the facility didn't perform well in our quality measures relating to patient care. After considering the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination records. We were concerned by the fact that this nursing home vaccinated only 82.63305 percent of its patients for pneumonia. To our surprise, this place actually fared well at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. This was its best feature in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care limits the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents who have had a fall resulting in severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes associated with poor hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic indicates the percent of long-term residents receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic gauges the percent of long-term patients receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4.48% of Patients
This is the percent of residents showing symptoms of depression. High rates of depression could be an indicator lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 94.58% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 16.82% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 19.24% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percentage of residents that retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' health.
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the health of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 11.86 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to gauge patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 79.45% Percentage of Resident
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of short-term patients who saw functional improvements.
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