With an address in Story City, Iowa, Bethany Life is the lone nursing home located in the city. Featuring an overall score of B, this nursing home is a quality choice. At the end of the day, this place looks like a solid choice for quite a few people. This facility was stronger in some categories than others, but it didn't have any bad scores in any of our four major categories. More information about these categories can be found below.

Additional Details:

Accepts Medicare 1 : TrueA checkmark indicating true.

Accepts Medicaid 1 : 159 Beds TrueA checkmark indicating true.

CCRC : FalseUsed to indicate false.

Non profit - Corporation

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Family Council: FalseUsed to indicate false.

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2019)

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Short-term Care Quality

A-
Oct 18: BNov 18: BDec 18: BJan 19: B+Feb 19: B+Mar 19: A-Apr 19: B+May 19: B+Jun 19: B+Jul 19: B+Aug 19: B+Sep 19: B+Jan 20: A-Mar 20: A-Apr 20: A-May 20: A-Jun 20: A-Jul 20: A-Aug 20: A-
Historical

In addition to earning a strong overall score, this nursing home fared well in short-term care. In fact, we awarded it an A- for that category. Our short-term care ratings are probably most critical for people needing rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation generally utilizes more skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes not just nursing services, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other types of therapy. This nursing home provides more services with physical therapists and registered nurses than most nursing homes we looked at. This is usually a favorable sign. The final item we looked at in this area is the number of patients who ultimately were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that it performed respectably with 49 percent of its patients returning home.

Nurse Quality

B+
Oct 18: B-Nov 18: B-Dec 18: B-Jan 19: A-Feb 19: A-Mar 19: A-Apr 19: A-May 19: A-Jun 19: A-Jul 19: A-Aug 19: A-Sep 19: A-Jan 20: B+Mar 20: B+Apr 20: B+May 20: B+Jun 20: B+Jul 20: B+Aug 20: B+
Historical

Adding to its profile, this facility also earned a grade of B+ for its nursing rating. This is a well above average score in this category. Our nursing score is mostly based on the facility's level of nurse staffing. With 4.2 hours of nursing care per patient on a daily basis, this place surpassed the overwhelming majority of facilities. Finally, this facility also performed well in several of the quality measures we assessed. For example, in terms of the percentage of its patients suffering from pressure ulcers, this facility performed better than the national average. This is generally a good indicator that a facility has reliable quality controls. Pressure ulcers can many times be prevented with better nursing care and having a policy of regularly turning residents to avoid bed sores.

Facility Inspections

B
Oct 18: B+Nov 18: B+Dec 18: B+Jan 19: B+Feb 19: B+Mar 19: B+Apr 19: B-May 19: B-Jun 19: B-Jul 19: B-Aug 19: B-Sep 19: B-Jan 20: B-Mar 20: BApr 20: BMay 20: BJun 20: BJul 20: BAug 20: B
Historical

This nursing home earned a B for its inspections grade. This is an above average score in this category. Our inspection scores are tied to several items found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that score well in this category tend to have few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these facilities generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. Although this facility had some deficiencies on its government inspection report, none of them were major deficiencies based on CMS' deficiency scale. We should note that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in this industry.

Long-term Care Quality

C
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Historical

The final area we scored is long-term care. We gave it a C in that category. This is not a bad grade in this area. Our long-term care ratings are more important for residents in need of more conventional services related to activities of daily living. This facility's vaccination statistics weren't as favorable some of the other data points in this area, such as its number of nursing hours per resident. It provided the pneumonia vaccine to just 78.26087 percent of its patients. We'd like to see some improvement herein this statistic in the future. Nevertheless, this place also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 1.4 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days.

Overall Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

Aug 20
Provider:
B
State:
B+
National:
B
FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Nov 18Dec 18Jan 19Feb 19Mar 19Apr 19May 19Jun 19Jul 19Aug 19Sep 19Oct 19Dec 19Jan 20Mar 20Apr 20May 20Jun 20Jul 20Aug 20
Overall Rating
Nurse Rating
Long-Term Rating
Short-Term Rating
Inspection Rating

Bethany Life Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

This statistic is an indication of the percent of long-term stay patients which suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a reliable measure of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.

Provider
B
6.92%
State
A-
5.18%
National
B
7.32%

Percent of Patients with Pressure Ulcers
Lower is Better

Minimizes Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of residents who suffered from a fall which resulted in severe injury.

Provider
D
5.43%
State
B
3.66%
National
B
3.36%

Percent of Patients with Serious Falls
Lower is Better

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

This indicates the percent of long-term care residents who have experienced urinary tract infections. Although more infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare different facilities due to facilities having inconsistent reporting standards.

Provider
B
2%
State
B
3.25%
National
B
2.65%

Percent of Patients with UTIs
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term patients taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In limited situations, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Provider
C
20.27%
State
B
14.67%
National
B
14.18%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percent of patients who were given antianxiety drugs. These medications are generally prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.

Provider
A
9.88%
State
B+
18.32%
National
B
19.68%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Managing Depression Among Residents

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents demonstrating symptoms of depression.

Provider
B-
3.23%
State
B
4.28%
National
B+
5.07%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

This tells you the percent of patients who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Provider
D
86.63%
State
B
95.15%
National
B
92.05%

Percent of Patients
Higher is Better

Residents Maintain Autonomy

This indicates the percentage of patients that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Provider
D
21.15%
State
B
15.8%
National
B
14.45%

Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay residents that remained mobile levels.

Provider
A
23.92%
State
B+
18.8%
National
B
17.08%

Percentage of Residents
Higher is Better

Hospitalizations

This is the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is typically a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of nursing home care.

Provider
C
1.4
State
B+
1.53
National
B
1.70

Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Provider
D
23.92
State
B-
18.8
National
B
17.08

Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: ER Visits

This datapoint measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Provider
A-
7.63
State
B
11.2
National
B
10.26

Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

This is a measure of the percent of short-term residents that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many in the industry believe that this is a reasonable measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.

Provider
D
54.72%
State
A-
77.54%
National
B
68.03%

Percentage of Resident
Higher is Better

Nearby Hospitals

Mary Greeley Medical Center 10.35 mi
1111 Duff Avenue Ames Iowa 50010
(515) 239-2011
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Private
Story County Hospital 14.6 mi
640 South 19th Street Nevada Iowa 50201
(515) 382-2111
Critical Access Hospitals
Government - Local
Boone County Hospital 16.99 mi
1015 Union Street Boone Iowa 50036
(515) 432-3140
Critical Access Hospitals
Government - Local

Nearby Dialysis

Ames Mary Greeley Dialysis 10.24 mi
Dialysis Stations: 16
2322 E. 13th St. Ames Iowa 50010
(515) 239-6800