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Dubuque Specialty Care

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B-plus
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2935 Kaufmann Avenue,
Dubuque IA 52001

(563) 556-0673

84.88% estimated occupancy 1

Dubuque Specialty Care is an average-sized non-profit nursing home located in Dubuque, Iowa. This is a very good nursing home. We gave this it an overall grade of B+, which is a well above average grade. Dubuque features many other nursing homes, but we doubt you will need to visit too many others. This one is a high quality option. The best part of this facility's strong profile was its inspection reports. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • No Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Medication Management
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Lymphedema Care
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

To go along with its favorable overall performance, we gave this place a grade of A for the area of inspections. Inspection ratings account for a host of factors found on a facility's inspection report. One key criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with better scores in this area tend to have few of these severe deficiencies. While this facility had a few minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and 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 relatively minor deficiencies aren't the end of the world.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

This nursing home is also strong in the category of short-term care, where it received a grade of B+. It outperformed most nursing homes in this area. In the category of short-term care, we seek to assess measures of a facility's rehabilitation services. We look at a facility's skilled nursing services, such as the ones performed by registered nurses and physical, occupational and other therapists. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 5.8 percent of this facility's residents returned home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

Another one of this facility's impressive category grades came in the area of nursing care. We awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with a grade of B+. In computing our nursing grades, we factor in both nursing hours and the training levels of the nurses. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this place 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 typically be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as by having a policy of moving patients more often.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The next area we analyzed turned out to be this nursing home's poorest category. Nevertheless, even in its worst category we still awarded it an acceptable grade of B- for long-term care. Our long-term care ratings are more critical for residents in need of more conventional assistance related to personal care. On top of assessing the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 96.969696 percent of its residents. Finally, this place was also able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Sep 22

Dubuque Specialty Care Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This datapoint is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients who suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are a solid barometer of quality of care.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls

This datapoint is an indication of the percent of long-term care residents that suffered falls leading to severe injury. We use this statistic in determining nursing scores.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percent of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often linked to facilities with worst hygiene practices. Better nursing care can minimize the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Keep in mind that this datapoint is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have incongruent reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. These drugs may be used for several conditions, such as cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: D

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric indicates the percentage of long-term stay patients who are prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically given to patients experiencing anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 4.48% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients showing symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 94.58% of Patients

This indicates the percent of patients who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-minus

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 16.82% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 19.24% Percentage of Residents

This is the percentage of patients who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is often a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: F

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 11.86 Percentage of Patients

This tells you the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the emergency room and the overall quality of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-minus

In Dubuque Specialty Care, 79.45% Percentage of Resident

This is the percent of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

Scores for Dubuque, IA

  • Overall Rating has a grade of A-minus
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of A-plus

Looking for more options? Dubuque, Iowa has 9 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Finley HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 1.65 miles away350 North Grandview Avenue Dubuque Iowa 52001Voluntary non-profit - Private(563) 582-1881
  • Mercyone Dubuque Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 2.23 miles away250 Mercy Drive Dubuque Iowa 52001Voluntary non-profit - Church(563) 589-8000
  • Midwest Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 13.57 miles away1 Medical Center Drive Galena Illinois 61036Voluntary non-profit - Private(815) 777-1340
  • Southwest Health CenterCritical Access Hospitals 19.15 miles away1400 East Side Rd Platteville Wisconsin 53818Voluntary non-profit - Private(608) 348-2331

Nearby Dialysis

  • Tri- State Dialysis - Dubuque1.65 miles away1500 Delhi St #2100 Dubuque Iowa 52001CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 32 (563) 589-4033
  • Tri State Dialysis - Platteville19.71 miles away1250 E Business Highway 151, Suite B Platteville Wisconsin 53818Dialysis Stations: 12 (608) 348-5064