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Gower Convalescent Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B
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PO Box 170, 323 South Highway 169,
Gower MO 64454

(816) 424-6483

77.68% estimated occupancy 1

Gower Convalescent Center is an average-sized non-profit nursing home located in Gower, Missouri. This turns out to be a very respectable facility, with an overall grade of B. Based on our assessment, you could do much worse than this nursing home. This place is stronger in some categories than others, but it did not have any weak links in any of the major categories. More information about these categories can be found below.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation

Specialized Services

  • Speech Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

On top of being a quality facility overall, this facility really performed well in the area of long-term care, where it received an A. Few nursing homes performed better in this category. Long-term care grades in this range generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. In addition to considering the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients, which is far higher than most nursing homes. Lastly, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B-plus

This facility also excelled in inspections. We awarded it a grade of B+ for that area. Our inspection ratings account for several factors found on a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we look at is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Places with higher grades in this area typically have very few of these severe deficiencies. While this facility had some deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were severe based on CMS' scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

Turning to another strength for this nursing home, we gave them one of our stronger grades in our short-term care category as well, with a grade of B. In computing our short-term care ratings, we assess the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. Our purpose is to create a measure for comparing the rehabilitation services of various facilities. It doesn't appear that this facility submitted data regarding its registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. Finally, we looked at the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 4.6 percent of this facility's residents returned home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: C

The final area we looked at is nursing. This facility was given a C for this category. Our nursing score analyzes the facility's nurse staffing levels. We factor in both the levels of training of those nurses as well as the amount of time spent with residents. This place provides only 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a somewhat uninspiring figure which is well below the national average. Finally, despite not having the highest total nursing hours per resident, this place performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is generally a good indicator that a facility has sufficient quality controls in place.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Gower Convalescent Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: D

In Gower Convalescent Center, 9.32% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often the result of residents not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: F

In Gower Convalescent Center, 3.98% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percent of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Major falls are often caused by poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: F

In Gower Convalescent Center, 3.42% of Patients had UTIs

This metric gauges the percent of long-term stay residents which have sustained a UTI. While more infections could reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it is difficult to compare between nursing homes due to facilities having varying reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Gower Convalescent Center, 20.31% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This statistic indicates the percentage of long-term stay residents that are given antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such medications aren't medically required. However, some facilities need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of patients with cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B

In Gower Convalescent Center, 24.54% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of long-term residents receiving antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Gower Convalescent Center, 4.11% of Patients

Measures the percent of long-term care patients who are exhibiting signs of depression. Some experts argue that this is a reasonable measure of patient quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Gower Convalescent Center, 88.89% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines critical to patient well-being.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Gower Convalescent Center, 14.76% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and continence. Many believe that this is a measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: D

In Gower Convalescent Center, 15.81% Percentage of Residents

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who retained mobility levels. Some argue that the ability to move around is critical to residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: D

In Gower Convalescent Center, 1.64 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A

In Gower Convalescent Center, 15.81 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Gower Convalescent Center, 11.79 Percentage of Patients

This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Gower Convalescent Center, 72.5% Percentage of Resident

Measures the percentage of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Mosaic Life Care at St JosephAcute Care Hospitals 14.69 miles away5325 Faraon Street Saint Joseph Missouri 64506Voluntary non-profit - Private(816) 271-6000

Nearby Dialysis

  • St. Joseph Dialysis13.72 miles away5514 Corporate Dr Suite 100 Saint Joseph Missouri 64507CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 25 (816) 671-1948
  • Robidoux Dialysis17.66 miles away802 Jules St Saint Joseph Missouri 64501Dialysis Stations: 16 (816) 233-3340