Good Samaritan Society Howard is a small non-profit nursing home in Howard, South Dakota. This turns out to be an A rated facility, which is one of the best grades we offer. We could not find many bad things to say about this place. Its ratings are impeccable. Headlining this place's exemplary profile is its inspection score, which is addressed in the next section.
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Good Samaritan Society Howard
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- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Adult Day Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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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
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Oncology Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Lymphedema Care
- Aquatic Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
To go along with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. Inspection scores are tied to many pieces of information located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that receive favorable grades in this area tend to have few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these facilities generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. This place was hit with 5 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered severe. This tells you that the inspectors didn't consider any of these deficiencies to cause an immediate risk to resident safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
We also want to emphasize the fact that this facility was given a first-rate grade of A in our long-term care category. When nursing homes receive this kind of score in long-term care it is usually a good sign for resident care and suggests that the place is well-staffed with nurses aids. After we finished assessing the amount of nursing care, we then looked at the facility's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 98.373985 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is very impressive. Pneumonia sadly can be a dangerous condition for nursing home patients so we strongly prefer when a nursing home does not take any chances. Clearly, this place 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 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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To complement its strong performance in other areas, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. We assessed the levels of nurses employed by the nursing home, as well as the number of hours those nurses were with patients, in determining our grade in this area. 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 avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Short-term Care Quality
In the last area, this facility also received a very strong short-term care grade, with a B+. This topped off an elite profile. With our short-term care rating, we seek to forge a fair gauge for rehabilitation. In this process, we assess a facility's level of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Good Samaritan Society Howard Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 0% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 2.44% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term care patients who suffered falls resulting in severe injury. This is one of the statistics we use in determining nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 7.08% of Patients had UTIs
This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term residents who have sustained a UTI. UTI's could be a sign of lower quality nursing care. Nevertheless, this metric could also be skewed for certain nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 18.27% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of patients given antipsychotic medications. These drugs are used to treat several conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 11.71% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of residents given antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically given to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 5.79% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term residents exhibiting signs of depression. Many believe that this is a reliable measure of patient quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 97.87% of Patients
This is the percent of residents who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 19.44% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and using the bathroom. Many would argue this is a measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 18.67% of Residents
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care patients who retained mobility levels.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 18.67% of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the health of patients.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Good Samaritan Society Howard, 71.96% of Resident
This metric measures the percent of short-term residents who saw functional improvements.