Handmaker Home for the Aging is in the densely populated metropolitan area of Tucson, Arizona. This nursing home was given an A- overall, which is very good rating. Indeed, we were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it ahead of the majority of the facilities in Tucson, which boasts a good selection of facilities. As you can see below, this facility also performed just fine in our category ratings. It is hard to find any major flaws in this nursing home's profile.
Handmaker Home for the Aging
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Other
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
In addition to faring well overall, this nursing home earned an excellent short-term care score. We gave it a grade of A in that area. Short-term care grades are generally used to judge a nursing home's rehabilitation services. In order to have highly scored rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally need to feature better levels of highly skilled nursing services. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of patients who who were able to eventually return home from this nursing home. We found that 6.5 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.
Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home also was given a very impressive long-term care score. This actually ended up being its second strongest category score. In that area, we gave this facility a score of A. When nursing homes receive this type of score in this category it is a good sign for patient care and suggests that the place is well-staffed with nurses and aids. One of the statistics we considered on top of nursing hours is vaccinations. This facility administered the pneumonia vaccine to 100 percent of its patients. Vaccination is a reliable method to avoid negative health outcomes for the aged 65 and up population. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
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Adding to its impressive category grades, we awarded this nursing home a grade of B+ for our inspections rating. Our inspection ratings are based on datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that score well in this area tend to have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these facilities should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. Although this place had a few deficiencies on its inspection report, none were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Turning to the final area, this facility received an extremely favorable nursing grade. In fact, we awarded it a grade of B+ in this category, wrapping up one of our finer report cards. The nursing grade weighs many data points. The most important variable is the amount of time nurses spend with residents. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in the area of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Handmaker Home for the Aging Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Handmaker Home for the Aging, 9.03% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term patients which have new or worsened pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a great indicator of a facility's nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Handmaker Home for the Aging, 2.25% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term patients who sustained falls resulting in severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries may be a sign of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Handmaker Home for the Aging, 1.58% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely linked to a facility with lower levels of hygiene. However, this datapoint may be misleading for certain nursing homes due to different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Handmaker Home for the Aging, 11.13% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents who are administered antipsychotic medication. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs aren't medically indicated. Nevertheless, some facilities may need to rely more on these drugs due to an increased number of residents with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Handmaker Home for the Aging, 16.92% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic is a measure of the percent of long-term residents receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Handmaker Home for the Aging, 2.87% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents showing signs of depression. Increased levels of depression may imply worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Handmaker Home for the Aging, 81.19% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Handmaker Home for the Aging, 12.86% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's may be a sign of the deterioration of a patient's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Handmaker Home for the Aging, 23.01% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients that retained mobility levels. Many in the industry would argue that the ability to move around is critical to patients mental and physical well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Handmaker Home for the Aging, 23.01 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Handmaker Home for the Aging, 10.95 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Handmaker Home for the Aging, 73.63% Percentage of Resident
This is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay residents who experienced functional improvements.
Scores for Tucson, AZ
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A
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