Located in Mason City, Iowa, Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center is one of four available nursing homes there. We awarded it an overall grade of C, which is a middle of the road grade. Based on our assessment, there are certainly much worse places out there. This place did not excel in all of our categories, but it did not receive any rock-bottom grades either. Additional information about these categories is available below.
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Heritage Care and Rehabilitation 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 Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Bariatric Care
- Colostomy Care
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Registered Staff Hours
This nursing home received a solid overall grade as described above, but we really wanted to emphasize its excellent health inspection reports in recent years. We gave them an impressive grade of A- in this category. Our inspection grades weigh several factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we rely on is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with higher grades in this area typically have very few severe deficiencies. While this nursing home had some minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G through L. This means CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. A couple of minor deficiencies shouldn't lead you to cross a nursing home off your list.
One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing rating. In fact, nursing turned out to be its second best category grade. In that area, we gave this facility an B-. We looked at the skill-level of nurses employed by the facility, as well as the number of hours the nurses were with residents, in calculating our rating in this area. This facility provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient per day. This is a lower figure than we are used to seeing. Lastly, our nursing ratings also factor in quality-based metrics, such as preventing major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours, this place actually performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is usually a reliable indicator that a nursing home has sufficient quality controls in place. Many falls could be avoided if a facility supplies enough nurses to assist its residents.
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Short-term Care Quality
As it turns out, this nursing home only received a D for its short-term care score, which is not an impressive grade. In our short-term care assessment, we attempt to craft a meaningful barometer for rehabilitation services. In this process, we assess a facility's scope of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy. Not surprisingly, we discovered that this place provides significantly less registered nurse and physical therapist hours per patient than the typical nursing home. Finally, we looked at the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. This definitely wasn't a strength for this nursing home. We found that just 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home. At most nursing homes, around half of their patients are able to return home so this is well below average.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we scored was long-term care, which ended up being this facility's least impressive area. We awarded this nursing home a D in that category. For residents seeking a permanent residence as opposed to skilled nursing, long-term care is an important category. In addition to assessing the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. Thankfully, this facility gave the vaccine to 95.77465 percent of its patients, which is a very solid total. Surprisingly, this place also fared well at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. Unfortunately, some of its other scores in the category weren't as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric tells you the percent of long-term care patients who are suffering from pressure ulcers . We factor in this statistic in computing both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of long-term stay patients who experienced falls resulting in serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indication of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of long-term stay patients which have sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's may be a sign of a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this datapoint can also be misleading for some nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint tells you the percent of long-term patients which were prescribed antipsychotic medication. Increased usage of these drugs may mean a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior in scenarios where such medications are not medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely on these drugs due to having more residents with cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are commonly used to treat residents suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 4.67% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients who are showing depressive symptoms. Increased rates of depression could indicate lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 93.67% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term residents that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and using the bathroom.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of patients who retained mobility levels over time. Retaining mobility is usually a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 1.48 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 12.73 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 77.73% Percentage of Resident
This is a measure of the percent of short-term care patients that saw functional improvements.
Scores for Mason City, IA
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of D
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
Looking for more options? Mason City, Iowa has 3 other nursing homes
- Mercy Medical Center-North IowaAcute Care Hospitals 1.77 miles away1000 Fourth Street Sw Mason City Iowa 50401Voluntary non-profit - Private(641) 428-7000
- Fmc - Mason City4.3 miles away910 N Eisenhower Ave Mason City Iowa 50401Dialysis Stations: 21 (641) 423-6015