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Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A-plus
Oct 18: A-Nov 18: A-Dec 18: A-Jan 19: A-Feb 19: AMay 19: AJun 19: AJul 19: A+Aug 19: A+Sep 19: A+Jan 20: AMar 20: AApr 20: A+May 20: A+Jun 20: A+Jul 20: A+Aug 20: A+Sep 20: AOct 20: AJan 21: AFeb 21: AMar 21: AApr 21: AMay 21: AJun 21: AJul 21: AAug 21: ASep 21: AOct 21: ANov 21: A+Jan 22: AFeb 22: AMar 22: AApr 22: A+May 22: A+Jun 22: A+
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Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines's website

206 N Willson Dr,
Altoona WI 54720

(715) 598-7800

75% estimated occupancy 1

Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines is a small non-profit nursing home located in Altoona, Wisconsin. This facility made our top 500 list of the top nursing homes in the United States. With more than 15,000 nursing homes in the nation, this is an exclusive subset of nursing homes. In our view, this facility should be a great choice for most people. Keep reading to find this place's category ratings, which also impressed us. You just can't do much better than a straight A profile.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Transportation
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

In addition to receiving a strong overall rating, this nursing home also received an A+ inspection rating. This is based on its recent inspection reports. An A+ in this category is one of the highest complements we can offer a nursing home. Arguably the most important factor we look at in determining our inspection grades is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's inspection reports. Facilities with higher scores in this area most likely dodged the most severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. 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

Grade: A-plus

This facility also received an A+ long-term care grade, making it one of the few nursing homes to be given multiple A+ category grades. When nursing homes receive this kind of score in this category it is usually a good sign for patient care and suggests that the place is well-staffed with nurses aids. Once we assessed the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we next considered the nursing home's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 98.13664 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is much higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-plus

We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this facility excelled in our nursing rating. We awarded them an impressive grade of A+ in this category. When calculating our nursing ratings, we look at both nursing hours and the levels of licensure of the nurses. This nursing home provides 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 nursing home the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a system of moving patients more often.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

In our final category, this facility also was given a very strong short-term care grade, with a grade of A-. This topped off an elusive straight A report card. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we scrutinize the facility's levels of highly skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists speech therapists and other highly trained professionals. This area is generally a solid assessment of a nursing home's ability to rehabilitate patients. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last metric we looked at in this category 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 patients returned home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A

In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 6.86% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term patients who suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We factor in this statistic in computing both nursing and long-term care grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 3.37% 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

Grade: C

In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 3.17% 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

Grade: B

In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 13.77% 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

Grade: A-plus

In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 15.58% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term care patients taking antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 6.45% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients demonstrating symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 92.81% 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

Grade: B-plus

In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 13.28% 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

Grade: B

In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 21.75% 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.

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 1.26 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

Grade: B

In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 21.75 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

Measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-minus

In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 75.11% 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.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau ClaireAcute Care Hospitals 2.97 miles away1221 Whipple St Eau Claire Wisconsin 54703Voluntary non-profit - Private(715) 838-3311
  • Sacred Heart HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 3.03 miles away900 W Clairemont Ave Eau Claire Wisconsin 54701Voluntary non-profit - Church(715) 717-4121
  • Marshfield Medical Center - Eau ClaireAcute Care Hospitals 3.42 miles away2310 Craig Rd Eau Claire Wisconsin 54701Voluntary non-profit - Private(833) 883-3262
  • St Josephs HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 10.88 miles away2661 County Hwy I Chippewa Falls Wisconsin 54729Voluntary non-profit - Church(715) 717-7200
  • Mayo Clinic Health System-OakridgeCritical Access Hospitals 19.78 miles away13025 8th St Osseo Wisconsin 54758Voluntary non-profit - Other(715) 597-3121

Nearby Dialysis

  • Mayo Clinic Dialysis - London Road2.4 miles away3845 London Road Eau Claire Wisconsin 54701Dialysis Stations: 24 (715) 838-3872
  • Luther Hospital - Mayo Clinic Dialysis2.97 miles away1221 Whipple St Eau Claire Wisconsin 54702Dialysis Stations: 10 (715) 838-3171
  • Sacred Heart Hospital Dialysis2.98 miles away900 W Clairemont Ave Eau Claire Wisconsin 54701Dialysis Stations: 11 (715) 717-6555
  • Lake Hallie Dialysis of Davita3.83 miles away3636 E Melby St Chippewa Falls Wisconsin 54729Dialysis Stations: 12 (517) 833-8512
  • Sacred Heart Dialysis at St Josephs Hosp10.28 miles away2661 County Trunk I Chippewa Falls Wisconsin 54729Dialysis Stations: 8 (715) 726-3740