Located in Belle Plaine, Iowa, Belle Plaine Specialty Care is the lone facility located in the area. We awarded it an overall grade of C, which is a middle of the pack rating. Based on our assessment, there are definitely far worse facilities out there. This nursing home did not fare well in all of our categories, but it didn't receive any rock-bottom grades either. More information about these categories can be found below.
Belle Plaine Specialty Care
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
Registered Staff Hours
While this facility's overall grade was not bad, it really excelled in the area of inspections. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A+ for that category, which is one of our best scores. Inspection ratings account for several factors included in a nursing home's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we consider is the number and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with better grades in this area usually have few severe deficiencies. This nursing home was hit with 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered to be major deficiencies. This means that the inspectors did not consider any of these deficiencies to create an immediate risk to resident health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies shouldn't stop you from considering a nursing home.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility was awarded its next best category grade in the area of short-term care. We awarded this facility a grade of C in this area, which is a decent score. With our short-term care grade, we endeavor to create a sound barometer for rehabilitation. In this process, we look at the nursing home's level of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy. Unfortunately, this place was below average in terms of its level 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. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of patients who returned home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home. This figure was actually well below the national average.
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This nursing home's next best category was nursing. We awarded it a grade of C in this category. This is basically a middle of the road grade in this category. In calculating our nursing scores, we factor in both nursing hours and the levels of licensure of the nurses. This nursing home averages just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low figure. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this place excelled in some of the quality-based metrics we assessed. It scored well in the area of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care. In some cases, the quality of nursing care is just as important as the number of hours of care provided.
Long-term Care Quality
The final area we graded was long-term care, which was this facility's weakest category. We awarded this facility a D in this area. For residents looking for a permanent residence as opposed to rehabilitation, long-term care grades are an important measure. In addition to considering the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 100 percent of its residents. Surprisingly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility had fewer hospitalizations than the average nursing home. Unfortunately, a few of its other scores in this category were not as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Belle Plaine Specialty Care Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Belle Plaine Specialty Care, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents that are suffering from pressure ulcers or bed sores. We bake this statistic into both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Belle Plaine Specialty Care, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of patients that sustained a fall which caused serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Belle Plaine Specialty Care, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections could be linked to poorer hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Belle Plaine Specialty Care, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients that are given antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may indicate a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such medications aren't medically indicated. Nevertheless, some facilities may need to rely more on these drugs due to having more patients suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Belle Plaine Specialty Care, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Belle Plaine Specialty Care, 4.77% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients showing depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Belle Plaine Specialty Care, 94.58% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Belle Plaine Specialty Care, 16.85% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living may indicate decline of a patient's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Belle Plaine Specialty Care, 20.59% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who retained mobility levels.
In Belle Plaine Specialty Care, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is generally a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Belle Plaine Specialty Care, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Belle Plaine Specialty Care, 79.44% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term care patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with activities of daily living usually correlates with better rehabilitation services.
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