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Zion of Alamo Heights

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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B
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8020 Blanco Rd,
San Antonio TX 78216

(210) 344-4553

21.88% estimated occupancy 1

Zion of Alamo Heights is a large nursing home located in San Antonio, Texas. This nursing home received an overall grade of B, which is a good grade. If you take a look at the other options in San Antonio, we are confident you will find this facility to be a better option than most of the nursing homes in the city. The best aspect of this nursing home's impressive report card is its short-term care grade. short-term care grades are discussed in the next section

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  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation

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Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

This nursing home received a strong overall grade as described above, but we especially wanted to emphasize its excellent short-term care grade. We awarded them an impressive grade of A- in this area. In computing 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 licensed professionals. This rating is frequently a reliable assessment of the facility's rehabilitation. Unfortunately, we were not able to track down registered nurse or physical therapy staffing data for this facility. The last datapoint we considered in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B-plus

In addition, this nursing home also performed well in inspections, which is based on its recent inspections. In fact, we gave it a grade of B+ for that category, which is one of our top scores. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in calculating these inspection ratings. One of those factors is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies end up being quite minor. While this facility had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G through L. This tells you the inspectors did not 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 inspection reports are uncommon in the industry.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

Another strong feature for this facility is that it received an impressive nursing grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of B+. Our nursing grade is primarily based on the facility's nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This nursing home performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can many times be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

The final category we graded was long-term care, was this facility's least impressive category. We gave this nursing home a grade of D in that category. This was one of the couple of weak points on a very solid report card. If you are looking for anything other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at long-term care grades. Once we concluded our assessment of the quantity of nursing care, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination record. We were pleased to find that this nursing home vaccinates 100 percent of its residents for pneumonia. To our surprise, this facility was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had just 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 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.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18May 23

Zion of Alamo Heights Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: C

In Zion of Alamo Heights, 7.17% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of patients staying in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A

In Zion of Alamo Heights, 3.38% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percentage of patients who sustained a fall which caused serious injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Zion of Alamo Heights, 1.52% of Patients had UTIs

This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term stay residents who experienced UTI's. While more of these infections may reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it is problematic to compare between facilities due to facilities having reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Zion of Alamo Heights, 10.14% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percentage of patients given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many patients, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used appropriately. In limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: F

In Zion of Alamo Heights, 22.67% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of residents given antianxiety medications. These drugs are generally prescribed to patients experiencing depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B

In Zion of Alamo Heights, 4.84% of Patients

This indicates the percent of patients who are exhibiting signs of depression. Increased rates of depression may imply a less hospitable environment.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Zion of Alamo Heights, 93.69% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for nursing home patients, making these types of vaccines indispensable.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-minus

In Zion of Alamo Heights, 17.58% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and taking a bath.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In Zion of Alamo Heights, 13.47% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of patients who were able to retain mobility over time. Retaining mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Zion of Alamo Heights, 13.47 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical well-being of patients.

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 B-minus
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of B-plus

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