Bethany Life is a large non-profit nursing home located in Story City, Iowa. This facility was awarded an A- overall, which is an elite score. This is just about as good of a nursing home as you're going to find. Keep reading to see this nursing home's category ratings, which are also impressive. It would be hard to poke holes in this nursing home's profile.
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- Non profit - Other
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Aquatic Therapy
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In addition to performing well overall, this nursing home received an excellent inspection report. Consequently, we gave it one of our highest scores in this category with an A. Inspection ratings take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these factors by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Although this nursing home had some deficiencies on its report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' scale. A few minor deficiencies are not necessarily something to panic about.
To complement its strong performance in other areas, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A for our inspections rating. Our nursing grade includes a variety of datapoints. The most heavily weighted factor is the number of hours nurses spent with residents. This facility provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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Short-term Care Quality
Adding to its fine assessment, this facility also received a superb short-term care grade, with a grade of A-. In calculating our short-term care scores, we assess a facility's levels of highly skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists speech therapists and other highly trained professionals. This area is considered to be a fair assessment of a nursing home's ability to rehabilitate patients. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the percentage of patients that ultimately were able to return home from this facility. We found that 5 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
Long-term Care Quality
The final category we assessed is long-term care, where this facility was awarded a grade of B+. This finished off a first-rate profile. Few nursing homes earned a B+ or better in in each area we assessed. Nursing homes that do well in long-term care tend to provide patients with more supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. Once we looked at the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination record. This facility vaccinated 98.80668 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is significantly higher than the average nursing home. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Bethany Life Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Bethany Life, 5.07% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are often caused by residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Bethany Life, 6.68% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents who have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are routinely caused by poor nursing care. Better nursing care reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Bethany Life, 2.94% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often linked to poor nursing care. However, this statistic can be misleading for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Bethany Life, 18.27% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to residents for a variety of medical conditions, such as dementia. Tragically, in some cases, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Bethany Life, 14.96% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents who are given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are used to treat patients suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Bethany Life, 3.07% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients who are demonstrating signs of depression. Higher levels of depression could be an indicator a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Bethany Life, 99.4% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Bethany Life, 17.09% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Bethany Life, 22.4% of Residents
This is the percentage of patients that were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Bethany Life, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric tracks the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is important to the physical health of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Bethany Life, 22.4% of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Bethany Life, 3.93% of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Bethany Life, 96.3% of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term stay residents that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of autonomy with activities of daily living generally correlates with successful rehabilitation services.
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