Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons is in Aurora, Colorado, which is one of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the nation. We awarded this facility an A overall grade, ranking it in the top ten percentile of all nursing homes in the nation. Based on our ratings, you can not go wrong with this nursing home. Headlining this place's remarkable report card is its nursing score, which we will address in the next section.
Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons
- Nursing Home
- Contracted Memory Care
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Government - State
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to a phenomenal overall grade, this facility also received A+ nursing grade. Our nursing grade analyzes the facility's level of nurse staffing. We consider both the levels of skill of those nurses as well as the quantity of hours spent with residents. This nursing home averages 0.5 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 in the area of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Long-term Care Quality
We also wanted to draw your attention to the fact that this nursing home was awarded a high-end score of A in our long-term care category. Nursing homes that receive this type of grade in this category typically provide consistent 24/7 care to make sure patients are kept in good health. One of the criteria we considered on top of nursing hours is vaccinations. This nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccine to 92.80899 percent of its patients. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
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Another impressive feature of this facility is its inspection grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of A. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in computing our inspection grades. One critical factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some end up being quite insignificant. While this facility had a few deficiencies on its report, none of them were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
The final area we assessed is short-term care, where this nursing home received a grade of A-. This finished off an elite report card. Only a select few nursing homes earned an A- or higher in every category. Short-term care grades are meaningful for patients needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically utilizes more skilled nursing. This includes a vast scope of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we considered the number of patients that eventually returned home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 5.86% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often caused by patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols limits the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 3.47% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are often linked to poor nursing care. Better nursing care can limit the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 2.14% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely associated with a facility with worst hygiene practices. However, this statistic could be skewed for certain facilities due to varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 17.6% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used appropriately. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 12.24% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are administered to residents experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 3.81% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who are demonstrating signs of depression. Some believe that this is a measure of resident quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 84.99% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 15.45% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and using the bathroom. Many in the industry argue this is a reasonable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 19.26% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percent of long-term patients that retained mobility levels.
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 1.08 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 19.26 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 75.71% Percentage of Resident
Measures the percentage of short-term care patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry argue this is a measure of rehabilitation performance.
Scores for Aurora, CO
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of A-minus
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Inspection Rating has a grade of B-plus
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