Atlantic Specialty Care is an average-sized nursing home in Atlantic, Iowa. We gave this facility an alarming overall grade based on the data we looked at. Based on our assessment, this facility probably isn't a good fit for anyone. More information on this facility's category grades may be found below. Its best category is inspections, which is discussed in the next section.
Atlantic Specialty Care
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Pain Management
- Bariatric Care
- Lymphedema Care
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
Registered Staff Hours
Although we gave this facility a terrible overall grade, we awarded it a grade of C for our inspections rating. In fact, the facility received very impressive inspection report this year. Our inspection ratings account for a host of factors found on a nursing home's inspection report. One key criteria we consider is the number and severity of deficiencies. This facility had 6 deficiencies on its government inspection report, but fortunately none were in any of the categories labeled G through L. This tells you it avoided the more significant classes of deficiencies. Unfortunately, we also need to draw your attention to the fact that this facility received significant government fines in recent years.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home also didn't fare poorly in the area of short-term care. In fact, we gave it a grade of C for that area, which wound up being among its better scores. In calculating our short-term care scores, we assess the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The objective is to devise a barometer for comparing the rehabilitation services of various nursing homes. Unfortunately, this facility was below average in terms of its number of registered nurse and physical therapy hours provided to its residents based on the measures we assessed. The real question is whether this adversely impacted quality of care. The final item we considered in this area is the percentage of patients that who were able to eventually return home from the nursing home. We found that just 5.8 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home. Unfortunately, this was below the national average.
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This facility's next best category was nursing, but even there it received a grade of just D. This is still a well below average grade. Our nursing score analyzes the facility's level of nurse staffing. We weigh both the levels of training of the nurses and the number of hours spent with residents. With only 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient each day, this nursing home's nurse staffing levels were well below the national average. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed well when it comes to avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. Many consider these datapoints to be measures of the quality of nursing care.
Long-term Care Quality
The next category we rated is long-term care, where this nursing home received a poor grade here also. It received an abysmal F in this category, which is definitely very concerning. In a long-term care setting, the primary goal is to keep patients healthy and safe. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate residents. One of the data points we considered in addition to nurse's aid hours is vaccinations. Thankfully, this nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccine to 96.51741 percent of its patients. To our surprise, this facility also keeps its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. Unfortunately, a few of its other scores in the category were not as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Atlantic Specialty Care Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often caused by patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients that had a fall resulting in serious injury. We use this statistic in calculating our nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who have sustained urinary tract infections. Although more infections could reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it is difficult to compare between nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 4.48% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term stay patients exhibiting signs of depression. Some experts argue that this is a reliable measure of resident quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 94.58% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 16.82% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and eating. Some argue this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 19.24% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents that maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is key to maintaining the physical well-being of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical abilities of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 11.86 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Atlantic Specialty Care, 79.45% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percent of short-term stay residents that saw functional improvements.
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