Cherokee Specialty Care is a small non-profit facility located in Cherokee, Iowa. Featuring an overall grade of B, this nursing home is a very good choice. You could definitely do much worse than this place. This nursing home's strong report card was highlighted by its inspection grade, which you can find in the next section.
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Cherokee Specialty Care
- 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
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Lymphedema Care
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Registered Staff Hours
In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this facility also earned top notch inspections in recent years. We awarded it one of our better scores in that category, with an A. Inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these factors by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this nursing home had some deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were serious based on CMS' scale. We should point out that deficiency-free inspections are rare in this industry.
This facility is also strong in the area of nursing, where it received a grade of B. It outperformed most nursing homes in this category. Our nursing rating looks at the facility's level of nurse staffing. We look at both the levels of licensure of those nurses as well as the quantity of hours spent with patients. This nursing home averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This place performed very well in the area of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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Long-term Care Quality
In addition, this facility also was given favorable long-term care scores this year. In fact, we awarded them one of our stronger scores in that area, with a score of B. For patients seeking a permanent place to live as opposed to skilled nursing, long-term care grades are a key measure. In addition to assessing the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 76.66667 percent of its patients, which is somewhat less than we were hoping for. While its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we hoped for, we were pleased to find place was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Short-term Care Quality
Turning to the fourth category, this facility received a B- for short-term care, which is generally a respectable rating. Our short-term care scores are believed to be more meaningful for patients requiring a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically utilizes more skilled nursing services. This includes not only nursing services, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final metric we looked at in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 0 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Cherokee Specialty Care Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Cherokee Specialty Care, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care reduces the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Cherokee Specialty Care, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients that have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of nursing care . Major falls resulting in injury are often caused by lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Cherokee Specialty Care, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often the result of lower quality nursing care. Better hygiene protocols reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Note that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Cherokee Specialty Care, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic medications. These drugs are used for treating a variety of medical conditions, such as cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Cherokee Specialty Care, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are prescribed to residents experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Cherokee Specialty Care, 4.67% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term residents who are demonstrating symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Cherokee Specialty Care, 93.67% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Cherokee Specialty Care, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and bathing.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Cherokee Specialty Care, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility can be a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Cherokee Specialty Care, 1.48 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Cherokee Specialty Care, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Cherokee 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 thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to measure patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Cherokee Specialty Care, 77.73% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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