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 were so impressed with this facility that we rated it as the best nursing home in Ames. Headlining this facility's stellar profile is its inspection score, which is addressed in the next section.
Green Hills Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- 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
Best Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2021
Best Nursing Home in Ames, Iowa Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to being a great overall grade, this facility also received A+ health inspections in recent years. Its inspections were virtually flawless. Our inspection grades weigh several factors found on a facility's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we look at is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Places with higher scores in this area typically have very few severe deficiencies. 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
We also awarded this facility a score of A+ for its short-term care grade. Short-term care grades are typically used to gauge a nursing home's performance with rehabilitation. In order to provide good rehabilitation services, facilities generally must have higher levels of highly skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we considered the number of patients that returned home from this facility. We found that 6.5 percent of this nursing home's residents were able to return home.
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Long-term Care Quality
The third category we assessed was long-term care. This nursing home also was given an A+ long-term care grade, rendering it one of the few facilities to be given more than one A+ category scores. When facilities receive a grade in this range in long-term care it typically means it has plenty of staff and is a quality place to live on a permanent basis. After assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is significantly higher than the average nursing home. Lastly, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. 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 received a very strong grade of A- in our nursing category. With this score, the nursing home topped off a straight A profile. Our nursing score consists of quite a few subcategories, most of which are based on levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a policy of turning patients more frequently.
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, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by remaining in one position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure indicates the percent of long-term patients who experienced a fall leading to serious injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls could be a sign of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Green Hills Health Care Center, 3.09% 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, 16.77% 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, 18.7% 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, 4.48% 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, 94.58% 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, 16.82% 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, 19.24% 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, 1.24 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, 19.24 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, 11.86 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, 79.45% 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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