Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson is an average-sized government-owned facility located in Tucson, Arizona. This nursing home proved to be an A rated facility, which is one of the highest ratings that we offer. In fact, we ranked this facility in the top ten percent of all nursing homes in the nation. We also gave this nursing home strong scores in all of the major categories. More information about these categories can be found below.
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Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson
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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Occupational Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
One of the many reasons this turned out to be a great nursing home is that it received an A+ nursing grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this category. When calculating our nursing grades, we look at both the number of hours nurses spend with residents and the levels of licensure of those nurses. This nursing home averages 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Adding to its impressive category scores, this facility also excelled in the category of inspections, where it earned an A. Not many nursing homes performed as well in this area. Our inspection grades account for a host of factors found on a facility's inspection report. One key criteria we look at is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Places with higher grades in this category generally have very few of these severe deficiencies. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third category we analyzed was short-term care. Contributing to its strong resume, this facility also performed well in this area. In fact, we gave it a grade of of A- in that area. Our short-term care grades are crucial for people in need of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically utilizes additional skilled nursing. Skilled nursing means a wide spectrum of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final datapoint we considered in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We discovered that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients were able to return home.
Long-term Care Quality
Switching gears to the fourth area, this facility also excelled in the long-term care category. In fact, we gave it an A- in that category. This wrapped up a straight A report card. Facilities that excel in long-term care typically provide residents with more supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. In addition to looking at the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 97.872345 percent of its patients, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia is often a dangerous health condition for nursing home residents so we like it when a facility does not roll the dice on this issue. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson, 8.99% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This statistic gauges the percent of long-term stay residents who are suffering from pressure ulcers or bed sores. We consider this statistic when determining our nursing grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson, 3.04% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients which suffered falls leading to serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be an indicator of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson, 1.4% of Patients had UTIs
This metric indicates the percentage of long-term stay residents which had a UTI. UTI's could be an indicator of a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this metric may also be misleading for some facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson, 11.79% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are administered to patients for many medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias. Tragically, in some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson, 17.9% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure tells you the percentage of long-term care patients which are administered antianxiety medication. These drugs are used to treat patients suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson, 3.74% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who are exhibiting symptoms of depression. Increased rates of depression could imply a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson, 74.57% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson, 12.93% Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and using the bathroom.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson, 15.66% Percentage of Residents
Measures the percentage of long-term care patients who retained mobility levels. Some would argue that mobility is vital to residents' mental and physical health.
In Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson, 1.18 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson, 15.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between staying out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Scores for Tucson, AZ
- Overall Rating has a grade of B
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
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