Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle is a small non-profit nursing home located in Fontanelle, Iowa. This nursing home proved to be a quality facility, with an overall grade of B. At the end of the day, this place looks like a good fit for most people. The best aspect of this facility's strong profile was its nursing score. We discuss nursing in the next section
Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
This nursing home earned a strong overall grade as described above, but we especially wanted to emphasize its excellent nursing grade. We awarded them an A in this area. Nursing grades are primarily tied to a nursing home's nurse staffing. This facility provided 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well when it comes to avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Adding to its impressive category grades, we awarded this nursing home a grade of B+ for our inspections rating. Our inspection scores are based on many datapoints found on the a nursing home's inspection reports. Facilities that receive favorable grades in this area typically have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. While this nursing home had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G through L. This means the inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. The fact that the deficiencies were relatively minor made us feel better about this inspection report.
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Short-term Care Quality
In addition, this facility also received favorable short-term care scores this year. Indeed, we gave it one of our higher scores in that category, with a score of B. Our short-term care ratings are based in part on the nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled highly skilled professionals. This means a broad spectrum of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, not to mention other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last statistic we considered in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the facility and return home. We discovered that 0 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.
Long-term Care Quality
The next category we scored is long-term care. This nursing home was awarded a grade of C for the area. For prospective patients in need of a permanent place to live rather than skilled nursing, long-term care is an important category. One of the data points we considered in addition to nursing hours is vaccines. Thankfully, this nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccine to 97.61905 percent of its residents. Finally, this facility was also able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure is is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents that suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are an barometer of a facility's nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is an indication of the percentage of long-term care patients who have experienced falls which caused severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be an indication of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of long-term stay residents which sustained a UTI. UTI's could be an indicator of a facility with worst hygiene practices. However, this datapoint could also be skewed for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic medications are administered to patients for many conditions, such as dementia. Tragically, in some 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 - Fontanelle, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were given antianxiety medications. These drugs are prescribed to patients experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 4.77% of Patients
This is the percent of residents exhibiting symptoms of depression. Increased rates of depression may imply a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 94.58% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 16.85% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 20.59% Percentage of Residents
This is the percent of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
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