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Good Samaritan Society Howard

  • Nursing Home
  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Adult Day Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A
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Good Samaritan Society Howard's website

300 West Hazel Avenue,
Howard SD 57349

(605) 772-4481

77.44% estimated occupancy 1

Located in Howard, South Dakota, Good Samaritan Society Howard is the lone nursing home located in this city. This nursing home is an A rated facility, which is one of the top ratings that we offer. We can not find many bad things to say about this facility. Its ratings are as good as they get. Headlining this facility's remarkable report card is its inspection rating, which is addressed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • Has Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Awards

Top Nursing Home in South Dakota badge

Top Nursing Home in South Dakota Awards 2020

Top Nursing Home in South Dakota badge

Top Nursing Home in South Dakota Awards 2021

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

One of the many reasons this turned out to be a quality nursing home is that it received an A+ inspection grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this critical category. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in calculating our inspection ratings. One critical factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some end up being relatively insignificant. This nursing home was hit with 5 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be severe. This tells you that the inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies to cause an immediate risk to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

To complement its strong performance in other areas, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. Our nursing score is mostly tied to the facility's nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility South Dakota in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as by having a policy of moving patients more often.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

The next category we analyzed is long-term care. Contributing to its elite profile, this nursing home also excelled in that area. In fact, we gave it a of A- for that category. Facilities that receive this type of grade in this category tend to provide consistent around the clock care to make sure residents are well cared for. Once we assessed the volume of nursing care, we then looked at the facility's vaccination statistics. This facility vaccinated 97.76119 percent of its patients against pneumonia, which is very impressive. Pneumonia sadly can be a life threatening ailment for nursing home patients so we strongly prefer when a facility does not roll the dice on this issue. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

The last area we graded is short-term care. This facility received a better than average nursing score this year, with a B. Although this wasn't quite as elite as some of its other grades, this is nevertheless one of the stronger scores for this area. Our short-term care grade is generally used to grade a facility's performance with rehabilitation. To have quality rehabilitation services, facilities generally need to feature higher levels of highly skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and other licensed professionals. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final item we assessed in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return home. We discovered that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Sep 22

Good Samaritan Society Howard Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A+

In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This figure is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents who suffered from new or worsened pressure ulcers . We bake this statistic into both nursing and long-term care grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 5.62% of Patients had Serious Falls

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who have had falls which caused severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls could be an indication of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 3.42% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections could be linked to insufficient hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 19.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used only where medically required. In some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 15.06% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric tells you the percent of long-term care patients taking antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 4.79% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who are demonstrating signs of depression. Some believe that this is a reasonable measure of resident quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 95.19% of Patients

This is the percentage of residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 16.7% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients that needed more 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 the deterioration of a resident's health.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-minus

In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 19.23% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is important to preserving the physical health of nursing home patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 19.23 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-plus

In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 80.24% Percentage of Resident

This indicates the percent of short-term stay residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.