Zion of Alamo Heights is a large nursing home located in San Antonio, Texas. This nursing home received an uninspiring overall grade of D, which is a well below average grade. Unfortunately, this grade is not too far off the city grade for San Antonio, which is a C. Nevertheless, you still may be able to do better Despite all this, one of the few highlights of this facility's report card is its impressive inspection grade. You can continue reading to learn more about inspections and other category grades
Zion of Alamo Heights
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
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Although this nursing home's overall grade was not a highlight, it actually received a very good grade in the category of inspections. In fact, we awarded it a grade of B+ for that area, which is one of our better scores. Our inspection grades weigh several factors included in a nursing home's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we weigh heavily is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. You generally want to avoid places with a bunch of deficiencies flagged. Fortunately, although this nursing home had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you that the inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A few minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home's second most favorable category was short-term care. We awarded it a C in this area. This is essentially a middle of the road score in this area. In the category of short-term care, we seek to qualify measures of a nursing home's rehabilitation services. We analyze the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including the ones performed by registered nurses and physical and occupational therapists. Unfortunately, we found that this place provided fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other nursing homes. The key is determining what effect this had on the quality of care. Finally, we assessed the number of patients who returned home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home. This figure was quite a bit below average.
Does this page answer your questions about Zion of Alamo Heights?
Unfortunately, this facility only received a grade of D for its nursing grade, which was actually one of its better category grades. Our nursing category weighs quite a few factors, most of which are based on quantities of nurse staffing. This place offered just 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient on a daily basis. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in calculating our nursing grades. This place fared well in terms of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers.
Long-term Care Quality
Moving on to our next category, this nursing home didn't perform well in this area either. With a rock bottom grade of F in long-term care, this is just about as as uninspiring as it gets. In a long-term care environment, the nursing home's primary objective is to maintain patients' quality of life and keep them safe. In addition to looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. Thankfully, this nursing home administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients, which is a very respectable figure. To our surprise, this nursing home also fared well at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. Sadly, some of its other scores in the category were not as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Zion of Alamo Heights Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Zion of Alamo Heights, 7.79% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Zion of Alamo Heights, 3.33% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of residents that suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to severe injury are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care . Falls are routinely caused by lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Zion of Alamo Heights, 1.51% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percent of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. These infections may be linked to poor hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Zion of Alamo Heights, 11.48% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure tells you the percent of long-term residents receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used appropriately. In some situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Zion of Alamo Heights, 22.56% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of residents who were given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety medications are given to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Zion of Alamo Heights, 4.81% of Patients
This is the percent of patients demonstrating signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Zion of Alamo Heights, 94.64% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term residents that were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home patients, making these types of vaccines critical to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Zion of Alamo Heights, 17.1% Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and using the bathroom.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Zion of Alamo Heights, 16.36% Percentage of Residents
This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that maintained mobility. Some experts argue that mobility is vital to residents' health.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Zion of Alamo Heights, 16.36 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Scores for San Antonio, TX
- Overall Rating has a grade of C
- Nurse Rating has a grade of C
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of C
- Inspection Rating has a grade of B-plus
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