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Avoca Specialty Care

  • Nursing Home
  • Assisted Living

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: C
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Avoca Specialty Care's website

610 East York Street,
Avoca IA 51521

(712) 343-6398

90.65% estimated occupancy 1

Avoca Specialty Care is the lone facility located in Avoca, Iowa. This nursing home was awarded an overall grade of C, which is a middle of the pack grade. Based on our analysis, there are definitely much worse facilities out there. This facility did not meet our expectations in every category we looked at, but it did not receive any rock-bottom grades either. Additional information about its category grades can be found below.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Lymphedema Care
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

This nursing home received a solid overall grade as described above, but we really wanted to emphasize its nearly flawless inspections in recent years. We gave them an A- in this category. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in calculating our inspection ratings. One of those factors is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies are quite minor. This facility received 5 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This tells you that the inspectors didn't deem any of these deficiencies to cause an imminent risk to patient safety or health. A couple of minor deficiencies shouldn't stop you from considering a nursing home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

This nursing home also received a strong nursing grade. In fact, we awarded it a grade of B in that category, which is one of our better scores. Our nursing grade looks at the nursing home's nurse staffing levels. We weigh both the levels of skill of the nurses as well as the quantity of hours spent with patients. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as by having a policy of moving a patient more often.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

Turning to the category of long-term care, this nursing home received just a D in this category. In a long-term care environment, the nursing home's primary goal is to maintain residents' quality of life and keep them safe. After considering the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 95.2381 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is higher than most nursing homes. Surprisingly, this place also fared well at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had just 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. Sadly, a few of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: D

The last category we graded is short-term care, which was this facility's weakest area. We awarded this nursing home a D in that area. In crafting our short-term care scores, we analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The objective is to formulate a measure for sizing up the rehabilitation services of various nursing homes. Considering its grade in this area, we were not surprised to learn that this place was well below average in terms of the quantity of physical therapy and registered nurse hours offered to its patients based on the data we looked at. Honestly, this was what we expected here. The final datapoint we looked at in this area is the number of residents who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 4.1 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these poor statistics sunk this facility's short-term care grade.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Avoca Specialty Care Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Avoca Specialty Care, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols can limit the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Avoca Specialty Care, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of residents who have had a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are considered to be an indicator of nursing care . Major falls leading to injury are often the result of lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Avoca Specialty Care, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of patients who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely linked to a facility with worst hygiene practices. However, this statistic may also be misleading for certain facilities due to varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Avoca Specialty Care, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These drugs are used for several medical conditions, including cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Avoca Specialty Care, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Avoca Specialty Care, 4.77% of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients demonstrating signs of depression. High rates of depression may reveal a less hospitable environment.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Avoca Specialty Care, 94.58% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-minus

In Avoca Specialty Care, 16.85% Percentage of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term care patients who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and eating. Some argue that this is a measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Avoca Specialty Care, 20.59% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percentage of patients who maintained mobility over time. Optimizing mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In Avoca Specialty Care, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Avoca Specialty Care, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: D

In Avoca Specialty Care, 11.44 Percentage of Patients

This metric tracks the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to gauge the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-plus

In Avoca Specialty Care, 79.44% Percentage of Resident

This indicates the percentage of short-term stay residents that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Myrtue Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 10.06 miles away1213 Garfield Avenue Harlan Iowa 51537Voluntary non-profit - Other(712) 755-5161
  • Cass County Memorial HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 18.94 miles away1501 East Tenth Street Atlantic Iowa 50022Government - Local(712) 243-3250

Nearby Dialysis

  • Harlan Dialysis10.01 miles away1213 Garfield Avenue Harlan Iowa 51537Dialysis Stations: 6 (712) 755-4257
  • Atlantic Dialysis18.93 miles away1500 E 10th Street Ste B Atlantic Iowa 50022Dialysis Stations: 6 (712) 243-7485