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 100 nursing homes in Wisconsin. This is an impressive accomplishment in a state with a long list of high-end facilities. As far as we can see, this place ought to be a great choice for just about anybody. Keep reading to find this nursing home's category grades, which are equally impressive. You really can't do any better than a straight A report card.
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Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
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One of the many reasons this turned out to be a quality nursing home is it received an A+ inspection grade. This is just about as good as it gets in this area. These inspection grades take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these items by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. 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.
Adding to its impressive resume, this nursing home also excelled in our nursing category. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A for that category. Our nursing score is mostly associated with a facility's level of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This nursing home 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 frequently be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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Long-term Care Quality
Turning our third area, this nursing home was given a strong long-term care score. In fact, it received a grade of A- in that area. Long-term care scores in this range generally require both around the clock care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. In addition to looking at the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 99.337746 percent of its patients, which is an impressive figure. Pneumonia is often a life threatening condition for nursing home patients so we strongly prefer when a nursing home doesn't roll the dice on this issue. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Short-term Care Quality
In our final area, this nursing home also received an excellent short-term care grade, with a grade of A-. This wrapped up a very favorable profile. With our short-term care assessment, we try to create a sound barometer for rehabilitation. In doing so, we assess the nursing home's level of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. 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.
Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 7.35% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure tells you the percent of long-term patients which suffered from new or worsened pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a solid barometer of the quality of nursing care a facility provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 3.21% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of residents that sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are often caused by lower quality nursing care. Additional nurse staffing can reduce the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 3.13% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many experts to be a measure of nursing care . UTI's are routinely the result of a facility with lower levels of hygiene. Nevertheless, this datapoint can be skewed for certain nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 13.64% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic tells you the percentage of long-term stay residents taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 16.32% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are generally prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 5.98% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents who are showing depressive symptoms. Higher rates of depression could reveal a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 92.12% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 13.34% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 17.08% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percentage of residents that retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 1.28 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is important to preserving the physical well-being of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 17.08 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Grace Lutheran Communities - River Pines, 76.01% Percentage of Resident
Measures the percent of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements.
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