Fonda Specialty Care is a small non-profit nursing home located in Fonda, Iowa. This nursing home proved to be a respectable facility, with an overall grade of C. This place has some things working in its favor. One of the highlights of this facility's profile is its strong inspection reports, which we will address in the next paragraph.
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Fonda Specialty Care
- Nursing Home
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 Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
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Registered Staff Hours
The main reason this facility received a decent overall grade is its excellent inspections in recent years. We awarded it one of our better grades in that category, with an A-. This is a notably better grade than the facility's overall grade, which was decent but certainly not elite. Our inspection grades are based on several pieces of information found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that score well in this area tend to have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. Fortunately, although this nursing home had a few minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means the inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. A few minor deficiencies should not stop you from considering a nursing home.
This nursing home also received a strong nursing grade. In fact, we awarded it a grade of B in that category, which is one of our better scores. Nursing grades are mostly tied to a nursing home's nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This facility 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 generally be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facility's next best area turned out to be short-term care. In that category, we awarded this nursing home a grade of C. In crafting these short-term care ratings, we quantify the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including 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 facilities. In this place's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less registered nurse and physical therapist hours per patient than the average facility. The final item we considered in this category is the number of residents that returned home from the nursing home. We found that just 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we looked at was long-term care. It received a lowly F for this area, which is an abysmal grade. This is certainly a significant concern. When nursing homes receive a grade in this range in long-term care it typically means the nursing home did not perform well in our quality measures relating to patient care. One of the data points we considered after nurse's aid hours was vaccinations. Candidly, we were a bit concerned this nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccination to only 83.766235 percent of its patients. Surprisingly, this facility actually fared well at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had just 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. This was its best feature in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Fonda Specialty Care Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Fonda Specialty Care, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Fonda Specialty Care, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of patients that sustained a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are considered to be a measure of nursing care . Falls leading to injury are often the result of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Fonda Specialty Care, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint is an indication of the percentage of long-term patients which experienced a urinary tract infection. While more of these infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it is difficult to compare between facilities due to varying reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Fonda Specialty Care, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. These drugs may be used for a variety of medical conditions, including dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Fonda Specialty Care, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percent of patients given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Fonda Specialty Care, 4.67% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Fonda Specialty Care, 93.67% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term residents that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home patients, making these types of vaccines critical to patient health.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Fonda Specialty Care, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Fonda Specialty Care, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Fonda Specialty Care, 1.48 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Fonda Specialty Care, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
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