Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons is in Aurora, Colorado, which is one of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the nation. This nursing home proved to be an A+ rated facility, which is our top score. Indeed, we were so impressed with this facility that we rated it ahead of the majority of the nursing homes in Aurora, which boasts a strong selection of nursing homes. Headlining this facility's remarkable profile is its nursing score, which you can find in the next paragraph.
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Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons
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- 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
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Registered Staff Hours
We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this facility excelled in our nursing rating. We awarded them an impressive grade of A+ in this category. The nursing score includes several subcategories, however, the paramount consideration is the level of nurse hours per patient per week. This particular nursing home provided 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home Colorado in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can typically be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as by having a policy of turning a patient at least once a day.
Long-term Care Quality
We also wanted to note the fact that this facility received an elite grade of A in our long-term care category. In a long-term care environment, the nursing home's primary objective is to maintain residents' quality of life and keep them safe. Once we finished looking at the volume of care provided by nurses, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination statistics. This facility vaccinated 93.15353 percent of its patients against pneumonia. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
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This nursing home has received near flawless government inspections in recent years. We gave them an impressive grade of A in this area. Arguably the most significant factor we consider in computing our inspection scores is deficiencies. Deficiencies are found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes with better scores in this area most likely dodged the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. Fortunately, although this place had some minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G through L. This tells you the government inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
In the final area, this facility also was awarded an impressive short-term care score, with an A. This rounded out a very favorable report card. Short-term care grades are generally employed to measure a facility's rehabilitation services. To have highly scored rehabilitation services, facilities generally need to feature better levels of highly skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other types of therapists. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last measure we assessed in this category is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients were able to return 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, 5.67% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you 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 reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric indicates the percent of long-term patients which experienced a fall which resulted in severe injury. We use this statistic in determining nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 2.04% of Patients had UTIs
This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term residents which experienced a urinary tract infection. Although more of these infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it can be problematic to compare different facilities due to nursing homes having differing reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 17.61% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that were given antipsychotic medication. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents in scenarios where such medications are not medically required. Nevertheless, some facilities need to rely more on these drugs due to an increased number of patients suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 12.49% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are administered to patients suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 3.91% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who are showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 84.62% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 15.34% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 16.01% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay patients that were able to retain mobility. Many in the industry believe that mobility is critical to residents' mental and physical health.
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is critical to the physical health of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, 16.01 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.
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
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Inspection Rating has a grade of B-plus
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