Good Samaritan Society - Algona is an average-sized non-profit nursing home in Algona, Iowa. This nursing home turns out to be a quality facility, with an overall grade of B. Based on our assessment, this nursing home ought to meet the needs of most people. We were also pleased to find that this facility didn't have any poor grades in any of the major categories discussed below. Additional information about these categories can be found below.
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Good Samaritan Society - Algona
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Updated Nov 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
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Oncology Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Lymphedema Care
- Aquatic Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
This nursing home received a quality overall score as described above, but we especially wanted to emphasize its excellent inspections in recent years. We awarded it an A in this category. Our inspection grades are based on several items located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that score well in this area tend to have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these places should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. While this place had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. The fact that none of the deficiencies were severe leaves us less concerned with this inspection report.
Long-term Care Quality
This facility is also strong in the area of long-term care, where it was given a score of B. It performed more favorably than most facilities in this area. Facilities that receive this type of score in this category typically provide consistent around the clock care to ensure residents are kept in good health. After looking at the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients against pneumonia. Vaccines are critical to keeping residents healthy. Finally, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
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The next highest grade we gave this nursing home came in the category of nursing, where we gave it a grade of B-. This wasn't quite as good as some of its other scores, but a grade in this range is not the end of the world. Nursing grades are based in large part on quantity of nursing care available. This nursing home provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident on a daily basis. This figure is far below average. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics. While this facility got docked a bit for nursing hours per resident, it excelled in a few of these quality metrics. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it did remarkably well in this metric. This is generally an indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a protocol of turning residents more frequently.
Short-term Care Quality
Turning to our fourth category, this nursing home received a grade of C in short-term care, which is generally a respectable grade. Our short-term care scores are probably most important for folks requiring rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation usually mandates additional highly-skilled nursing. Skilled nursing means not merely nursing, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other forms of therapy. Unfortunately, we weren't able to track down registered nurse or physical therapy staffing data for this nursing home. Lastly, we considered the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 4.7 percent of this facility's patients returned home. At most nursing homes, closer to half of their residents are able to return home so this figure is below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Good Samaritan Society - Algona Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 5.41% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often caused by patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care can limit the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 8.4% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of residents that have had a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. Falls leading to injury are often the result of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 4.39% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are often caused by a facility with lower levels of hygiene. Nevertheless, this metric may also be skewed for some nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 13.92% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of residents given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many patients, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, excessive reliance on these medications may mean a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 18.61% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are generally given to residents experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 2.79% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who are showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 99.63% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 15.96% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with ADL's may indicate the deterioration of a resident's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 21.78% of Residents
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents who remained mobile levels. Some experts would argue that mobility is critical to patients mental and physical health.
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care. There is usually a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 21.78% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 10.7% of Patients
This indicates the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Good Samaritan Society - Algona, 65.36% of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term care residents that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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