Pillar of Cedar Valley is in Waterloo, Iowa, a city with a total of 70,157 people. Our rating scheme was not kind to this facility, as we gave it an overall grade of F. If you are not satisfied with this facility's mediocre overall grade, you will be pleased to know there are five other nursing homes in Waterloo. More information on this nursing home's category grades may be found below. Its best category is inspections, which is discussed in the next paragraph.
Pillar of Cedar Valley
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
1410 West Dunkerton Road,
Waterloo IA 50703
112.63% estimated occupancy 1
- 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
Best Nursing Home in Waterloo, Iowa Awards 2019
Registered Staff Hours
Although we gave this facility a terrible overall grade, we awarded it a B- for our inspections rating. In fact, the facility received very impressive inspection report this year. We would argue that one of the most critical factors in assessing an inspection report is deficiencies. In this regard, we especially focus on the severity of those deficiencies. While this place had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those found in categories G through L. This means that the government inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A few minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.
Remarkably, we awarded this nursing home a grade of C for our nursing rating, which isn't a bad grade. Our nursing score is largely tied to the nursing home's nurse staffing. This place provides only 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This is a somewhat uninspiring figure as it is well below average. Finally, our nursing ratings also factor in quality-based measures, such as preventing major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours per resident, this place actually performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is usually a reliable indicator that a place has sufficient quality controls in place. Many falls can be avoided if a nursing home supplies enough nurses aids to assist its residents.
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Long-term Care Quality
Turning to the area of long-term care, this facility received a grade of just D in this area. Long-term care ratings in this range generally are a bad sign for the quantity and quality of care provided by nurses and aids, as well as the levels of routine medical care available. One of the datapoints we considered on top of nurse's aid hours is vaccines. Candidly, we were a bit bothered by the fact that this nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccine to only 85.71429 percent of its residents. Surprisingly, this nursing home actually fared well at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. This was its best feature in this category.
Short-term Care Quality
Moving on to the next area, we gave this nursing home a D for the area of short-term care. This is the nursing home's weakest category rating. In computing our short-term care ratings, we analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The objective is to create a tool for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different facilities. With a grade in this range in this category, we were not stunned to discover this nursing home was well below average in the two key staffing areas we looked at. The facility offered significantly fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per patient than most other facilities. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that just 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
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, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are often the result of patients staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of patients who have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are often the result of lower levels of patient supervision. Closer supervision reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes associated with poorer hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many patients, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In some situations, increased usage of these drugs may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. These drugs are given to residents experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 4.48% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents exhibiting signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 94.58% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 16.82% Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and eating. Some experts argue this is a reasonable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 19.24% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percent of patients that were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care. There is typically a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 11.86 Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to measure patient well-being during rehabilitation.
Scores for Waterloo, IA
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of C
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
Looking for more options? Waterloo, Iowa has 5 other nursing homes
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- 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
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