Chariton Specialty Care is a small non-profit nursing home located in Chariton, Iowa. We gave it an overall grade of B-, which is a middle of the road grade. Based on our analysis, there are certainly much worse places out there. One of the highlights of this facility's profile is its strong inspection rating, which we will address in the next paragraph.
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Chariton Specialty Care
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Bariatric Care
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
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Registered Staff Hours
The main reason this facility received a decent overall score is its impeccable inspections in recent years. We gave them one of our higher scores in that area, with an A-. This is a notably better grade than the facility's overall score, which was decent but not in the elite range. Arguably the most critical factor we look at in computing our inspection scores is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities with higher grades in this area typically avoided the more severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. While this facility had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. A couple minor deficiencies are not necessarily something to panic about.
Another one of this nursing home's stronger areas was in the category of nursing care. In that area, we gave this facility a grade of B. Nursing ratings are mostly tied to the nursing home's nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.3 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 frequently be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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Short-term Care Quality
We also awarded this facility a middle of the pack score in the category of short-term care, where it received a grade of B-. Our short-term care scores are presumably most critical for patients requiring a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically utilizes more skilled nursing. This means not merely nursing, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last measure we looked at in this area is the number of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that just 0 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is actually below average.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we graded was long-term care, which ended up being this nursing home's worst category. We gave this nursing home a grade of D in that area. Naturally, this score pulled down the nursing home's overall grade a bit. For prospective patients in need of a permanent residence as opposed to skilled nursing, long-term care is a very important category. On top of looking at the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 98.591545 percent of its patients. To our surprise, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this facility has fewer hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. Sadly, a few of its other scores in this category were not as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Chariton Specialty Care Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Chariton Specialty Care, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint is an indication of the percent of long-term stay residents which suffered from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are a reliable measure of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Chariton Specialty Care, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of patients that sustained a major fall. Falls leading to severe injury are often associated with lower levels of patient supervision. Additional nurse staffing can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Chariton Specialty Care, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often associated with poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this statistic could also be skewed for certain nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Chariton Specialty Care, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic measures the percent of long-term residents taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Chariton Specialty Care, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents given antianxiety medications. These drugs are commonly prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Chariton Specialty Care, 4.67% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term care patients who are showing signs of depression. Many in the industry argue that this is a measure of resident quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Chariton Specialty Care, 93.67% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Chariton Specialty Care, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living could be a sign of erosion of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Chariton Specialty Care, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who retained mobility levels.
In Chariton Specialty Care, 1.48 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Chariton Specialty Care, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Chariton Specialty Care, 12.73 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Chariton Specialty Care, 77.73% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of performance with activities of daily living generally correlates with successful rehabilitation.
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