Good Samaritan Society - Waukon is a facility located in Waukon, Iowa, a city with 6,303 people. With an overall score of A-, this is without a doubt a high quality nursing home. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top 20 percent of all facilities nationally. This nursing home also received consistently good ratings in all of our categories. More information about these categories can be found below.
Good Samaritan Society - Waukon
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
One of the reasons this turned out to be a great nursing home is it earned an A+ inspection grade. This is just about as good as it gets in this category. Our inspection scores weigh a host of factors included in a nursing home's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we weigh heavily is the number and severity of deficiencies. Places with better grades in this category tend to have very few of these severe deficiencies. This place was assessed 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none were considered to be severe. This tells you that CMS did not consider any of these deficiencies to pose an immediate threat to resident safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
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 nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.3 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 facility has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can many times be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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Long-term Care Quality
In addition, this facility also was given favorable long-term care grades this year. Indeed, we gave them one of our stronger grades in that area, with a grade of B+. Nursing homes that receive this kind of score in this category tend to provide consistent 24/7 care to make sure patients are well cared for. In addition to assessing the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 98.73418 percent of its residents, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia is too frequently a dangerous health condition for nursing home patients so we strongly prefer when a facility doesn't leave its residents vulnerable. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Short-term Care Quality
Turning to the final area, this facility also performed admirably in our short-term care category. In fact, we gave it a grade of B+ for that area. This completed a first-rate report card. Short-term care scores are based on a nursing home's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This includes a vast range of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, not to mention other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The final datapoint we assessed in this area is the number of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Good Samaritan Society - Waukon Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure gauges the percentage of long-term residents who sustained falls leading to major injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be an indicator of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often linked to lower quality nursing care. However, this datapoint could also be misleading for some nursing homes due to different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used appropriately. In some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term residents that were prescribed antianxiety medication. These drugs are typically used to treat residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, 4.48% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents showing signs of depression. Increased rates of depression may indicate worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, 94.58% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, 16.82% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and taking a bath. Some experts believe this is a measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, 19.24% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients that retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
In Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, 79.45% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term stay patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of autonomy with activities of daily living often correlates with superior rehabilitation.
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