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. As you can see below, this nursing home also performed just fine in our category ratings. It would be hard to find any major flaws in this facility's profile.
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Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
Updated Nov 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
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- 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
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Short-term Care Quality
On top of performing well in its overall grade, this nursing home received even higher grades in the category of short-term care. In fact, it earned one of our highest scores in that category with an A-. Our short-term care grade is commonly used to judge a nursing home's rehabilitation services. To offer highly rated rehabilitation services, facilities generally must feature higher levels of highly skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other highly trained professionals. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we considered the percentage of residents who were able to return home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
This facility received a very good nursing grade this year as well. It received one of our better scores in that category with a grade of B+. There are a number of criteria included in this grade. Most of the criteria are tied to the quantity and quality of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This place performed very well in the area of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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Adding to its impressive category grades, we awarded this nursing home a grade of B+ for our inspections rating. Arguably the most significant factor we look at in determining our inspection grades is deficiencies. Deficiencies are found on a facility's recent inspection reports. Places with higher grades in this category most likely avoided the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. While this facility had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G through L. This means 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. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
The fourth category we analyzed is long-term care, where this facility received a grade of B+. This finished off a very favorable profile. Very few nursing homes earned a B+ or better in in each area we assessed. Facilities that do well in long-term care typically are well-staffed and provide extensive hands on care to residents. After considering the quantity of care provided by nurses, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 99.07407 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia can be a life or death condition for nursing home patients so we like it when a nursing home does not take any chances. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization 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, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who have pressure ulcers . We use this statistic in calculating our nursing grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents which suffered falls resulting in major injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indication of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This measures the percentage of long-term residents which experienced a UTI. Although a higher rate infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's nursing care, it can be difficult to compare between facilities due to facilities having inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who are given antianxiety medication. These drugs are used to treat patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 4.67% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who are demonstrating depressive symptoms. High rates of depression may be a sign worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 93.67% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living could be a sign of decline of a patient's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percentage of patients who maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 1.48 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. There is typically a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Samaritan Society - Fontanelle, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.
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