Green Hills Health Care Center is a small nursing home located in Ames, Iowa. Featuring an overall rating of A+, this facility is without a doubt an elite nursing home. In fact, we ranked this nursing home number 114 in the nation. This puts it in the top one percentile of all facilities. Headlining this nursing home's exemplary profile is its inspection rating, which you can find in the next section.
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Green Hills Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- No Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Aquatic Therapy
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Best Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2021
Best Nursing Home in Ames, Iowa Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this nursing home earned near flawless inspections in recent years. We gave them an A+ in this category. Arguably the most significant factor we look at in determining our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies are found on a nursing home's inspection reports. Places with higher grades in this category typically dodged the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility also received an A+ for its short-term care grade. Our short-term care scores are vital for prospective residents in need of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically requires higher levels of highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means a broad range of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes 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. The last metric we looked at in this category is the percentage of patients that ultimately were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that 6.5 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
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Long-term Care Quality
The next area we analyzed was long-term care. This facility excelled in our long-term care rating as well. We awarded them a dominant grade of A+ in this area. Facilities that receive this type of score in this category typically provide consistent around the clock care to ensure patients are kept in good health. One of the datapoints we considered on top of nursing hours is vaccinations. This nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccine to 100 percent of its residents. This is a reliable method to minimize unnecessary deaths for the senior population. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
In the last category we assessed, this nursing home was awarded a very strong grade of A in our nursing category. With this grade, the facility finished off a straight A profile. Nursing scores are primarily tied to the facility's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 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 facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Green Hills Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage caused by staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are often associated with poor nursing care. Closer supervision can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. These infections could be associated with poorer hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure is a measure of the percent of long-term residents that were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in situations where such medications aren't medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely on these drugs due to having more patients suffering from dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure indicates the percentage of long-term stay residents who are given antianxiety medication. These drugs are given to residents suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 4.67% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care residents who are exhibiting signs of depression. Many argue this is a measure of patient quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 93.67% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients that required 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 the erosion of a resident's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who were able to retain mobility. Some experts believe that mobility is critical to patients mental and physical health.
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 1.48 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care. There is generally a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term resident care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 12.73 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 77.73% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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