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Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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200 Seventh Avenue Sw,
Altoona IA 50009

(515) 967-4267

90.94% estimated occupancy 1

Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is an average-sized nursing home located in Altoona, Iowa. We gave this facility an overall grade of D. A score in this range typically suggests some concerning datapoints. 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

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Limited Liability company

Registered Staff Hours

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Nurse Quality

Grade: B

While we didn't give this facility a good overall grade, we did give it a very strong grade in the area of nursing, where it received a B. Our nursing grade analyzes the facility's nurse staffing levels. We consider both the levels of training of the nurses and the quantity of hours spent with patients. This nursing home provides 3.1 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at a few quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home excelled in these areas, with excellent scores for minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. These areas are generally reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care a facility provides.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility's short-term care grade turns out to be one of its more favorable grades. The nursing home received a B- in this category. With our short-term care grade, we seek to craft a fair measure for rehabilitation services. In this process, we analyze the facility's level of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy. In this facility's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than a typical facility. The hope is always that this does not adversely affect the quality of care. Lastly, we considered the number of patients that ultimately were able to return home from this facility and found that this nursing home performed better here. In fact, this nursing home fared better than most facilities in the country in this area with 49.6 percent of its residents returning home.

Facility Inspections

Grade: C

This facility earned slightly below average government inspections in recent years. We gave them a C in this category. Our inspection ratings weigh several 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 place was assessed 7 deficiencies on its government inspection report, but we were relieved to find that none were in any of the categories labeled G through L. This indicates this facility dodged the more serious classes 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

Grade: F

Switching gears to our final area, this facility did not perform well here either. Due to a very poor grade of F in long-term care, this is about as as uninspiring as it gets. Nursing homes that don't fare well in long-term care often don't provide as much nursing care and also may be struggling in a few of the areas of routine personal care we looked at. After looking at the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination record. We were concerned by the fact that this facility vaccinated only 81.01983 percent of its residents against pneumonia. Surprisingly, this nursing home was actually decent at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.84 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. This is its best score in this category.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 6.08% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percent of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents staying in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3.74% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percent of residents that have had a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injuries are considered to be an indicator of nursing care . Major falls which result in injury are routinely the result of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 2.94% of Patients had UTIs

This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who had UTI's. While more infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it is difficult to compare different nursing homes due to nursing homes having inconsistent reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 16.71% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to patients for many medical conditions, including dementia. Sadly, in limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: D

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 18.64% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This figure tells you the percentage of long-term residents taking antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-minus

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4.84% of Patients

This is the percentage of patients exhibiting symptoms of depression. High rates of depression may be a sign a lower level of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 94.37% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: F

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 16.8% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with ADL's could indicate erosion of a resident's health.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 20.56% Percentage of Residents

This is the percent of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

Measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: D

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 20.56 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

Measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the health of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 11.28 Percentage of Patients

This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B

In Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 79.5% Percentage of Resident

This is the percentage of short-term care residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with ADL's often correlates with superior rehabilitation.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Iowa Lutheran HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 7.93 miles away700 East University Avenue Des Moines Iowa 50316Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 263-5612
  • Mercyone Des Moines Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 8.65 miles away1111 6th Ave Des Moines Iowa 50314Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 247-3121
  • Broadlawns Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 9.04 miles away1801 Hickman Road Des Moines Iowa 50314Government - Local(515) 282-2200
  • Iowa Methodist Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 9.26 miles away1200 Pleasant Street Des Moines Iowa 50309Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 241-6212

Nearby Dialysis

  • East Des Moines Dialysis7.75 miles away1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 208 Des Moines Iowa 50316Dialysis Stations: 16 (515) 262-5995
  • Fmc - Mercy8.24 miles away95 University Ste. 11 Des Moines Iowa 50314Dialysis Stations: 21 (515) 244-0379
  • Riverpoint Dialysis Unit8.75 miles away501 Sw 7th St Ste B Des Moines Iowa 50309Dialysis Stations: 16 (515) 283-1300
  • Central Des Moines Dialysis9.38 miles away1215 Pleasant #106 Des Moines Iowa 50309Dialysis Stations: 20 (515) 241-5715
  • Ankeny Dialysis9.67 miles away2625 N Ankeny Blvd Ankeny Iowa 50023Dialysis Stations: 12 (515) 963-3174
  • Fmc - Dialysis Services Des Moines South11.73 miles away6651 Sw 9th St Des Moines Iowa 50315Dialysis Stations: 19 (515) 285-3032
  • Davita Windsor Heights Dialysis13.12 miles away1119 73rd St Windsor Heights Iowa 50324Dialysis Stations: 12 (515) 274-9303
  • West Des Moines Dialysis17.51 miles away6800 Lake Dr #185 West Des Moines Iowa 50266Dialysis Stations: 10 (515) 221-2944

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