Harmony House Health Care Center is a facility located in Waterloo, Iowa. This city has a total of 70,157 people. This nursing home turns out to be an A rated facility. It received one of the most impressive grades we offer. A grade of this caliber requires first-rate marks across the board. Not surprisingly, this turned out to be substantially better than many of the facilities in Waterloo. As you will find below, this place also performed just fine in our category scores. It would be hard to find any major flaws in this nursing home's profile.
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Harmony House Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- No Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Colostomy Care
- Lymphedema Care
- Aquatic Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this nursing home received an A+ for nursing. Our nursing score assesses the facility's nurse staffing levels. We weigh both the levels of licensure of those nurses and the amount of time spent with patients. This particular nursing home provided 0.5 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 facility has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can many times be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
This facility also earned an A+ inspection grade, making it one of the rare facilities to receive multiple A+'s in our category grades. This is based on the nursing home's inspection reports. An A+ in this area is one of the best complements we can pay to a facility. Perhaps the most significant factor we look at in computing our inspection ratings is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's inspection reports. Nursing homes with better grades in this area most likely avoided the more severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. This facility was assessed 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This tells you that CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies to be an immediate risk to patient health or safety. A few minor deficiencies aren't the end of the world.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facility is also strong in the category of short-term care, where it received a grade of B+. It performed more favorably than most facilities in this area. Our short-term care grades are based on a facility's quantity of highly-skilled nursing services. This means a vast scope of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, not to mention other types of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final item we assessed in this category is the percentage of residents that who were able to eventually return home from the nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
Long-term Care Quality
In the last category we analyzed, this nursing home received a very strong grade of B+ in our long-term care category. With this score, the nursing home rounded out a very strong profile. Long-term care grades of this caliber generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. In addition to considering the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 95.97315 percent of its patients, which is an impressive figure. Pneumonia tragically can be a dangerous condition for nursing home patients so we strongly prefer when a facility does not leave this to chance. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Harmony House Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Harmony House Health Care Center, 3.23% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents that developed new or worsened pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a great barometer of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Harmony House Health Care Center, 0% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents who have had a major fall. Falls leading to severe injury are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls resulting in injury are often the result of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Harmony House Health Care Center, 0% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely caused by a facility with lower levels of hygiene. However, this datapoint could also be skewed for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Harmony House Health Care Center, 40.88% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents which were administered antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs are not medically required. Nevertheless, some facilities may need to rely more on these drugs due to having more residents with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Harmony House Health Care Center, 33.33% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically given to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Harmony House Health Care Center, 6.57% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents demonstrating symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Harmony House Health Care Center, 97.99% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for seniors, making these vaccines critical to patient health.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Harmony House Health Care Center, 8.93% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and continence. Some experts argue this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Harmony House Health Care Center, 8.16% of Residents
This is the percentage of patients that maintained mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' health.
In Harmony House Health Care Center, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is key to preserving the physical health of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Harmony House Health Care Center, 8.16% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Scores for Waterloo, IA
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Inspection Rating has a grade of B
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