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 Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- 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
Registered Staff Hours
Although we gave this facility a terrible overall grade, we awarded it a C 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. This facility was hit with 4 deficiencies on its government inspection report, but fortunately none were in any of the categories labeled G through L. This indicates that inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies to be an imminent threat to resident health or safety. Unfortunately, we also need to draw your attention to the fact that this facility received some government fines in recent years.
One of the other reasons we rated this facility so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing grade. In that area, we awarded this nursing home a grade of C. When calculating our nursing scores, we analyze both the number of hours nurses spend with residents and the training levels of those nurses. This facility provides only 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This is a somewhat discouraging figure which is well below average. Lastly, despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours, this place performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is usually a good indicator that a facility has sufficient quality controls in place.
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Long-term Care Quality
We gave this nursing home just a D for our long-term care grade. This is not a very good score. 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. In addition to looking at the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. Candidly, we were a bit bothered by the fact that this nursing home vaccinated a relatively low 84.679085 percent of its patients. Surprisingly, this place was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home has less hospitalizations than most nursing homes. This is its best score in this category.
Short-term Care Quality
The next area we assessed was short-term care, which ended up being a weak spot for this nursing home. We awarded this nursing home a D in the area of short-term care. Our short-term care ratings are believed to be most important for folks requiring rehabilitation from their nursing home. Rehabilitation usually utilizes additional skilled nursing. This means not only nursing services, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Considering its grade in this category, we weren't stunned to learn that this facility is well below average in terms of the quantity of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its residents based on the metrics we looked at. Lastly, we looked at the number of patients who returned home from this facility. This nursing home didn't fare well here either. In fact, we found that just 0 percent of this facility's residents were able to return 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, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric indicates the percentage of long-term stay residents which developed pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are an measure of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are routinely associated with lower quality nursing care. Better nursing care can limit the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint gauges the percentage of long-term stay residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's may be an indicator of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this metric may also be skewed for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint gauges the percentage of long-term residents that were administered antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs aren't medically required. However, some facilities may need to rely on these drugs due to an increased number of patients with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of residents prescribed antianxiety medications. These drugs are generally used to treat residents suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 4.77% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term residents who are demonstrating symptoms of depression. Many believe that this is a measure of quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 94.58% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 16.85% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 20.59% Percentage of Residents
This is the percent of patients that retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Pillar of Cedar Valley, 11.44 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care. There is a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the quality of short-term care.
Scores for Waterloo, IA
- Overall Rating has a grade of B
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
- 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
- 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