Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia is an average-sized nursing home in Helena, Montana. Featuring an overall rating of C, this is likely a middle of the road facility. This nursing home seems to have some things working in its favor. The best part of this place's profile is is its nursing rating. We discuss nursing in the next section.
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Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
In addition to having a decent overall grade, we also wanted to point out that this nursing home received favorable nursing marks this year. We gave them one of our better scores in that area, with a B. This proved to be the facility's top score. The nursing grade is based on a handful of factors, however, the primary consideration is the quantity of nurse hours per patient per week. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well when it comes to avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home's next best area turned out to be its short-term care grade, where it was awarded a grade of B-. Short-term care grades are based in part on a nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled highly skilled professionals. This means a broad range of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. We found that this nursing home was below average in the two key staffing areas we looked at. In fact, it supplied fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most other facilities. It is important to determine whether this also correlates to a lower quality of care. Lastly, we considered the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 5.5 percent of this facility's patients returned home. At most facilities, closer to half of their patients are able to return home so this figure is below average.
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We also awarded this nursing home a grade of B- for our inspections rating. This is a very respectable nursing score. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing these inspection ratings. One key factor is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies end up being quite minor. This particular nursing home received 9 deficiencies on its inspection report. Overall, this is still a solid inspection report, but we'd always recommend looking into any deficiencies you find troubling.
Long-term Care Quality
Switching gears to the last area, this facility was given a C for long-term care, which is generally a decent rating. In the area of long-term care, we analyze the quantity of care offered by a nursing home, rather than more sophisticated services. After considering the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination data. We were concerned by the fact that this facility vaccinated a relatively low 76.92307 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Nevertheless, this nursing home was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 13.7% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage due to staying in the same position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 0% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of residents who have had a major fall. Falls leading to severe injury are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of nursing care . Major falls are routinely caused by poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 1.1% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percent of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely the result of facilities with lower levels of hygiene. More frequent bathing reduces 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 facilities have varying reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 12.22% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay patients receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 12% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric gauges the percent of long-term stay patients who were given antianxiety medication. These medications are typically prescribed to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 9.64% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who are showing signs of depression. High levels of depression may be an indicator a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 80.13% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 12.63% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term residents that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and continence. Many argue that this is a measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 9.78% of Residents
This indicates the percent of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is important to the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 9.78% of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is a correlation between staying out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 18.36% of Patients
This tells you the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between having fewer emergency room visits and the quality of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Mount Ascension Transitional Care of Cascadia, 75.86% of Resident
This is a measure of the percent of short-term care residents that experienced functional improvements.
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