Located in West Union, Iowa, Good Samaritan Society - West Union is the only nursing home we found there. We gave this facility an A- overall grade, ranking it in the top 25 percent of all facilities in the country. Based on all of the relevant data, you can not go wrong with this facility. This facility's strong report card was highlighted by its inspection reports, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
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Good Samaritan Society - West Union
- Nursing Home
- Home Health Agency
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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In addition to being a great overall grade, this facility also received A+ health inspections in recent years. Its inspections were virtually flawless. Inspection grades take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can find more information about each of these items by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Fortunately, although this place had a few minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means that the inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. We should point out that deficiency-free inspections are rare in the industry.
We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this facility received an impressive grade of A- in our nursing category. Our nursing grade is mostly associated with the facility's nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place Iowa in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can typically be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a policy of moving patients more frequently.
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Short-term Care Quality
Turning the page to our third category, we gave this facility a score of A- for its short-term care score. This is a very strong score. In computing these short-term care grades, we assess the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. Our purpose is to devise a measure for sizing up the rehabilitation services of various facilities. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last statistic we assessed in this category is the number of residents who were able to return home from the facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.
Long-term Care Quality
The final area we looked at is long-term care, in which this facility was awarded a grade of B-. Although this proved to be its least impressive category rating, this is still not a major area of concern. Long-term care grades are based in part on the facility's quantity of care. This includes a vast range of personal care services, ranging from help with activities of daily living to routine healthcare services. Once we assessed the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we turned to the nursing home's vaccination data. This nursing home vaccinated 93.78882 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is a few points lower than we expected but still a respectable percentage. Nevertheless, this nursing home excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Good Samaritan Society - West Union Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Good Samaritan Society - West Union, 6% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Good Samaritan Society - West Union, 3.11% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint tells you the percent of long-term stay residents which suffered falls resulting in severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries may be an indicator of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Good Samaritan Society - West Union, 4.32% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents which experienced urinary tract infections. While a higher rate infections could reflect poorly on a facility's cleanliness, it can be problematic to compare between nursing homes due to nursing homes having differing reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - West Union, 18.42% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of residents given 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 limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Good Samaritan Society - West Union, 10% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients which are administered antianxiety medication. These drugs are used to treat residents experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Good Samaritan Society - West Union, 4.46% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care patients who are demonstrating signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Good Samaritan Society - West Union, 95.67% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for seniors, making these vaccines important for resident well-being.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Good Samaritan Society - West Union, 11.54% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of erosion of a resident's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Good Samaritan Society - West Union, 16.96% of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents who maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
In Good Samaritan Society - West Union, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Good Samaritan Society - West Union, 16.96% of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
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