Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare is a small non-profit nursing home in Austin, Minnesota. With an overall rating of B, this nursing home is a fine choice. This grade is right in line with the city grade in Austin. We were also pleased to find that this nursing home did not have any weak links in any of the major categories discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.
Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
1201 17th Street Ne,
Austin MN 55912
93.77% estimated occupancy 1
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Lymphedema Care
- Aquatic Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
On top of earning a strong overall grade, this nursing home performed well in our short-term care category. In fact, we awarded it an A for that category, which is one of our best scores. Short-term care scores are critical for individuals requiring rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally mandates additional skilled nursing services. This means a broad scope of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. We weren't able to find information about this nursing home's registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. The last datapoint we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients that eventually returned home from the facility. We found that 6.1 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
This nursing home also performed well in the area of inspections. It received a nearly flawless inspection report this year. It received one of our best scores in that category with an A-. Few facilities with an overall grade in this range performed this well in multiple categories. Inspection ratings are tied to several datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspections. Places that excel in this category tend to have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these places generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. This facility was assessed 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This means that CMS did not consider any of the deficiencies to create an imminent risk to patient health or safety. We should note that deficiency-free inspection reports are uncommon in this industry.
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Adding to its profile, this facility also earned a grade of B+ for its nursing rating. This is a well above average score in this category. Our nursing grade includes a host of datapoints. The most important variable is the quantity of hours nurses spend with residents. This facility provided 0 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 nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can typically be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Long-term Care Quality
The next category we scored is long-term care. We awarded it a C in this category. This is a perfectly acceptable grade in this area. In computing our long-term care grades, we scrutinize the personal care offered to the nursing home's residents. In addition to assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 95.04132 percent of its patients, which is higher than most nursing homes. Finally, this facility was also able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 6.69% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage due to staying in the same position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 4.21% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of patients that have had a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are considered to be a barometer of the quality 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 - Comforcare, 2.83% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely associated with lower quality nursing care. More frequent bathing can reduce the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Keep in mind that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have different reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 16.64% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 12.33% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients given antianxiety medications. These medications are commonly used to treat residents experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 4.58% of Patients
This is the percent of patients demonstrating symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 93.31% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 13.09% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and taking a bath.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 18.07% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents who retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 18.07 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 12.51 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 Good Samaritan Society - Comforcare, 76.76% Percentage of Resident
This metric measures the percentage of short-term care residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many in the industry believe that this is a measure of rehabilitation services.