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Bethany Life

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Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B
Oct 18: CNov 18: CDec 18: DJan 19: B-Feb 19: B-Mar 19: BApr 19: CMay 19: B-Jun 19: B-Jul 19: B-Aug 19: B-Sep 19: B-Jan 20: B-Mar 20: B-Apr 20: BMay 20: BJun 20: BJul 20: BAug 20: BSep 20: B+Oct 20: BJan 21: B-Feb 21: B-Mar 21: B-Apr 21: B-May 21: BJun 21: BJul 21: BAug 21: BSep 21: BOct 21: BNov 21: BJan 22: BFeb 22: B+Mar 22: B+Apr 22: BMay 22: BJun 22: B
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Bethany Life's website

212 Lafayette Street,
Story City IA 50248

(515) 733-4325

75.66% estimated occupancy 1

Bethany Life is a large non-profit nursing home located in Story City, Iowa. This facility received an overall grade of B, which is a quality score. At the end of the day, this nursing home is a good fit for quite a few people. One of the highlights of this nursing home's report card is its impressive short-term care grade, which we will address in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Church related
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

To go along with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A for our short-term care grade. With our short-term care rating, we attempt to create a sound barometer for rehabilitation services. In doing so, we analyze a nursing home's level of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final datapoint we assessed in this area is the number of patients who ultimately were able to return home from the facility. We found that 5.9 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

This nursing home also excelled in inspections. We awarded it an A- for that area, which is one of our best scores. This is one of the few nursing homes with an overall grade in this range which earned multiple category grades this high. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in determining these inspection ratings. One critical factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some can be relatively insignificant. Fortunately, although this place had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G through L. This tells you that CMS didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. We should point out that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in this industry.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

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. In determining our nursing grades, we weigh both staffing levels and the levels of licensure of the nurses. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place Iowa in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as having a protocol of turning residents more frequently.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

The next category we graded is long-term care. In that category, we awarded this facility a C. Our long-term care grade assesses a nursing home's assistance with daily living instead of the highly skilled therapy and healthcare services that are critical to a skilled nursing facility. Once we assessed the volume of nursing care, we next considered the facility's vaccination record. This nursing home vaccinated 91.37577 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Nevertheless, this place was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Bethany Life Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Bethany Life, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are often caused by residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: D

In Bethany Life, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percent of patients who have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are routinely associated with lower levels of patient supervision. More supervision reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Bethany Life, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percent of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often caused by nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Better hygiene protocols can reduce the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Keep in mind that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: C

In Bethany Life, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term care residents that were given antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such drugs are not medically indicated. However, some facilities may need to rely more on these medications due to an increased number of patients suffering from cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Bethany Life, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percent of patients who were prescribed antianxiety medications. These drugs are used to treat residents experiencing anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Bethany Life, 4.77% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients exhibiting depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Bethany Life, 94.58% of Patients

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

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-minus

In Bethany Life, 16.85% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and taking a bath. Many would argue this is a measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Bethany Life, 20.59% Percentage of Residents

This is the percent of patients who were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B

In Bethany Life, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Bethany Life, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

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

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: D

In Bethany Life, 11.44 Percentage of Patients

Measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In Bethany Life, 79.44% Percentage of Resident

This is the percent of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Mary Greeley Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 10.35 miles away1111 Duff Avenue Ames Iowa 50010Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 239-2011
  • Story County HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 14.6 miles away640 South 19th Street Nevada Iowa 50201Government - Local(515) 382-2111
  • Boone County HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 16.99 miles away1015 Union Street Boone Iowa 50036Government - Local(515) 432-3140

Nearby Dialysis

  • Ames Mary Greeley Dialysis10.24 miles away2322 E. 13th St. Ames Iowa 50010Dialysis Stations: 16 (515) 239-6800