Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines is a small non-profit nursing home located in Altoona, Wisconsin. After receiving an A+ overall grade, this facility has the distinction of being one of the top 50 nursing homes in Wisconsin. As far as we can see, this facility would be a wonderful choice for just about anybody. Scroll down to see this facility's category ratings, which are also strong. It's hard to poke holes in this place's profile.
Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to performing well overall, this facility also earned a nearly flawless inspection report. Therefore, it earned one of our highest grades in that category with a grade of A+. Inspection grades account for a host of factors found on a facility's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we rely on is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with higher grades in this area tend to have few severe deficiencies. This particular nursing home received 5 deficiencies on its inspection report. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home also received an A+ for its long-term care score. Facilities that excel in this category tend to provide patients with more supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. In addition to considering the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 98.7013 percent of its patients, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia tragically can be a life or death health condition for nursing home residents so we like it when a facility doesn't leave this to chance. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents 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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In addition, this facility received high marks in the area of nursing. As a result, it received one of our highest grades in that category with a score of A+. The nursing score features a number of datapoints. The most heavily weighted variable is the amount of time nurses spent with patients. This facility provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics 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 facility the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as having a protocol of moving a resident at least once a day.
Short-term Care Quality
Moving on to the next category, this nursing home also performed well in the short-term care category. We awarded it a grade of B+ for this area. This rounded out a very impressive profile. In the category of short-term care, we seek to evaluate measures of a nursing home's rehabilitation services. We analyze the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as the ones performed by registered nurses and various therapists. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of patients who ultimately were able to return home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients were able to return home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 6.93% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often caused by patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 3.27% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term patients which suffered a fall which caused serious injury. We use this statistic in calculating nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 3.19% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely the result of nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Better hygiene protocols limits the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Note that this metric is affected by by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 13.83% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These drugs are sometimes used for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 15.45% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term care patients taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 6.26% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients demonstrating symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 92.96% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 13.23% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and taking a bath.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 20.17% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of residents who maintained mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 1.28 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. There is generally a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the overall quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 20.17 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 13.08 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 75.51% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term stay patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with ADL's often correlates with superior rehabilitation services.
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