Gracewell is an average-sized non-profit nursing home in Denison, Iowa. It looks like this nursing home is one of the most elite facilities we assessed. This facility received one of the highest scores that we offer. In fact, we ranked this facility in the top 20 percent of all nursing homes in the nation. As you will find below, this facility also performed well in our category grades. It is hard to poke holes in this facility's profile.
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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Best Nursing Home in Denison, Iowa Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Denison, Iowa Awards 2021
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On top of receiving a great overall grade, this nursing home excelled in inspections, which is based on its inspection reports. We gave it an A in this category. Perhaps the most critical factor we consider in computing our inspection scores is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities with higher grades in this category typically avoided the most severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. Fortunately, although this place had a few minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G through L. This tells you the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Keep in mind that deficiency-free inspection reports are uncommon in this industry.
Among its many impressive grades, this facility received an excellent nursing grade. In fact, we gave it a grade of A in that category. Nursing grades are largely tied to the facility's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well when it comes to avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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Short-term Care Quality
We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this nursing home was given an elite score of A- in our short-term care category. In calculating our short-term care grades, we look at the facility's levels of skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other licensed professionals. This score is often a useful assessment of the nursing home's rehabilitation. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility 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. The last datapoint we assessed in this category is the percentage of residents who 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.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we analyzed is long-term care, where this nursing home was awarded a B+. This completed a first-rate report card. Not many facilities earned a B+ or better in every single category. Facilities that excel in this category tend to provide patients with closer supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. On top of assessing the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents, which is significantly higher than the average nursing home. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations 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.
Gracewell Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Gracewell, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often caused by patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Gracewell, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure indicates the percent of long-term patients that suffered a fall leading to serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be a sign of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Gracewell, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term care residents who had a UTI. UTI's could be a sign of a facility with lower levels of hygiene. However, this statistic may also be skewed for some nursing homes due to different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Gracewell, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many patients, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Gracewell, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are typically used to treat patients suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Gracewell, 4.67% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care residents demonstrating signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Gracewell, 93.67% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Gracewell, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and using the bathroom. Some would argue this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Gracewell, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay residents that remained mobile levels.
In Gracewell, 1.48 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital is key to the physical health of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Gracewell, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Gracewell, 12.73 Percentage of Patients
This metric tracks the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Gracewell, 77.73% Percentage of Resident
This datapoint measures the percent of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements.
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