Dakota Alpha is one of a mere three nursing homes in Mandan, North Dakota. This nursing home is an A rated facility, which is one of the most impressive grades that we offer. We really can not say enough great things about this facility. This facility also received very consistent ratings in each of the major categories we assessed. Additional information about these categories can be found below.
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Best Nursing Home in North Dakota Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Mandan, North Dakota Awards 2019
Top Nursing Home in North Dakota Awards 2020
Top Nursing Home in North Dakota Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
One of the many reasons this turned out to be a great nursing home is that it received an A+ nursing grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this category. We scrutinized the licensure of nurses working for the facility, in addition to the number of hours those nurses were with residents, in computing our rating in this category. This nursing home averages 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a policy of moving residents even once per day.
In addition, this nursing home also received a nearly flawless government inspection report. As a result, it earned one of our highest grades in that category with a score of A. These inspection scores take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these issues by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This facility was hit with 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This tells you that the government inspectors did not consider any of these deficiencies to be an imminent threat to resident safety or health. Keep in mind that deficiency-free inspection reports are rare in this industry.
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Short-term Care Quality
We also want to alert you to the fact that this nursing home was given a top-shelf grade of A in our short-term care area. In crafting our short-term care grades, we quantify the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. Our purpose is to create a measure for comparing the rehabilitation services of various nursing homes. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the number of residents that who were able to eventually return home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients were able to return home.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we graded proved to be this facility's worst area. However, even its worst category would actually be a highlight for most facilities. We awarded it an above average grade of B in long-term care. Facilities that receive this kind of grade in this category typically provide consistent 24/7 care to ensure patients are kept in good health. On top of looking at the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents, which is much higher than the average nursing home. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Dakota Alpha Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Dakota Alpha, 6.08% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of long-term patients that suffered from pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are an indicator of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Dakota Alpha, 4.48% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure tells you the percent of long-term patients that sustained a fall which resulted in severe injury. This is one of the statistics we use in computing nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Dakota Alpha, 3.36% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term residents which have sustained a UTI. While a higher rate of these infections may reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it is problematic to compare between nursing homes due to nursing homes having reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Dakota Alpha, 19.9% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric indicates the percent of long-term care residents who were given antipsychotic medication. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs are not medically required. Nevertheless, some facilities may need to rely on these medications due to having more patients with cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Dakota Alpha, 18.84% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Dakota Alpha, 5.76% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Dakota Alpha, 96.66% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay patients who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for seniors, making these vaccines vital to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Dakota Alpha, 15.94% Percentage of Patients
This is the percent of patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living could be a sign of decline of a resident's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Dakota Alpha, 17.76% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that maintained mobility. Some argue that the ability to move around is critical to residents' well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Dakota Alpha, 17.76 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
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