Dakota Alpha is one of a mere three nursing homes in Mandan, North Dakota. This nursing home is an A+ rated facility, which is the best rating that we offer. We simply can't say enough good things about this facility. This also ended up being a very consistent nursing home with consistent grades in each of the major categories. Additional information about its category grades is available below.
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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- 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
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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
Long-term Care Quality
To pair with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for its nursing grade. When facilities receive this kind of grade in this category it is typically a good sign for resident care and indicates that the place is well-staffed with nurses aids. Once we finished looking at the volume of care provided by nurses, we then looked at the facility's vaccination record. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is very impressive. Pneumonia sadly is often a life threatening condition for nursing home patients so we strongly prefer when a facility doesn't leave this to chance. Finally, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
This nursing home also earned an A+ inspection score, making it one of the few places to receive multiple A+'s in our category grades. This is based on the place's government inspections. An A+ in this category is one of the biggest complements we can pay to a facility. Our inspection grades account for a host of factors included in a facility's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we look at is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Places with higher grades in this category usually have few of these severe deficiencies. While this facility had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G through L. This means that the inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
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Another reason we rated this nursing home so highly is that it received an A+ nursing grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this category. In determining our nursing grades, we look at both the number of hours nurses spend with residents and the levels of licensure of the nurses. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This nursing home performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a facility has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Short-term Care Quality
Switching gears to the fourth category, this nursing home also performed well in our short-term care category. In fact, we gave it a grade of A in that area. This topped off truly elite profile. Our short-term care scores are considered to be most critical for folks requiring a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally mandates more highly-skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes not merely nursing, but also physical and speech therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last datapoint we considered in this category is the percentage of residents that eventually returned home from the facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Dakota Alpha Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Dakota Alpha, 0% 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, 2.53% 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, 0% 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, 44.29% 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, 11.39% 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, 7.59% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Dakota Alpha, 100% 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, 8.86% 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, 13.51% 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, 13.51% 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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