Pillar of Cedar Valley is in Waterloo, Iowa, a city with a total of 70,157 people. Sporting an overall score of D, this is a well below average facility. If you are not happy with this facility's pedestrian overall grade, you may find your options to be limited in Waterloo. The city has just three other nursing homes. More information on this nursing home's category grades may be found below. Its best category is nursing, which is addressed in the next section.
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Pillar of Cedar Valley
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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
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Mental Health
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Colostomy Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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Best Nursing Home in Waterloo, Iowa Awards 2019
Registered Staff Hours
While we were not high on this nursing home overall, we awarded it a B- in nursing. This is more respectable than the facility's overall score. There are a host of criteria within this category. Many of these factors are tied to the quantity of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This is a much lower figure than we were hoping for. Finally, nursing scores also factor in quality-based assessments, such as preventing major falls. Despite not having the highest total nursing hours per resident, this place performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is typically a good indicator that a facility has sufficient quality controls in place. Some falls could be avoided if a facility supplies enough nurses aids to assist its patients.
We actually gave this facility a very solid score in the area of inspections as well. We awarded it a grade of B- in this category. Inspection ratings weigh a host of factors included in a nursing home's inspection reports. One key criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. This facility was assessed 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none were considered to be severe. This indicates that the government inspectors did not deem any of these deficiencies to cause an immediate threat to resident safety or health. A couple minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facility was given its third best category grade in the category of short-term care. We awarded this nursing home a B- in this area, which is a reasonably acceptable score. In the area of short-term care, we strive to evaluate measures of a nursing home's rehabilitation services. We assess the facility's skilled nursing services, such as the ones performed by registered nurses and various therapists. In this facility's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the average facility. The final statistic we looked at in this category is the percentage of patients that eventually returned home from the facility. We found that just 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home. Unfortunately, this was below average.
Long-term Care Quality
The final area we assessed was long-term care, which ended up being this facility's least impressive category. We gave this nursing home a D in that area. When facilities receive this kind of score in long-term care it is typically a bad sign for patient care and it may indicate that the facility is not as well-staffed. One of the statistics we considered on top of nurse's aid hours was vaccines. This nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccine to 92.24806 percent of its patients. Surprisingly, this place was actually decent at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had just 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. This was its best feature in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Pillar of Cedar Valley Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage due to staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents that have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . Major falls resulting in injury are often the result of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely caused by poor nursing care. However, this metric may also be misleading for certain nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of long-term patients who were given antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such drugs are not medically indicated. However, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these drugs due to having more residents with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percent of residents given antianxiety drugs. These medications are generally prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 4.67% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 93.67% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents that were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and bathing.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who maintained mobility. Many in the industry believe that the ability to move around is critical to patients well-being.
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 1.48 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 12.73 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Scores for Waterloo, IA
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Inspection Rating has a grade of B
Looking for more options? Waterloo, Iowa has 3 other nursing homes
- Allen HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 3.41 miles away1825 Logan Avenue Waterloo Iowa 50703Voluntary non-profit - Private(319) 235-3941
- Mercyone Cedar Falls Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 5.26 miles away515 College Street Cedar Falls Iowa 50613Voluntary non-profit - Church(319) 268-3000
- Mercyone Waterloo Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 7.45 miles away3421 West Ninth Street Waterloo Iowa 50702Voluntary non-profit - Church(319) 272-8000
- Waverly Health CenterCritical Access Hospitals 12.11 miles away312 9th Street Sw Waverly Iowa 50677Government - Local(319) 352-4120
- Cedar Valley Dialysis Center7.08 miles away1661 W. Ridgeway Waterloo Iowa 50701CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (319) 226-6425
- Black Hawk Dialysis7.44 miles away3421 W 9th St Waterloo Iowa 50702Dialysis Stations: 18 (319) 272-8700
- Cedar Valley Waverly Dialysis12.18 miles away220 10th Street Sw Waverly Iowa 50677Dialysis Stations: 16 (319) 226-6425