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Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center

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Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: C
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501 South Kentucky Ave,
Mason City IA 50401

65.74% estimated occupancy 1

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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Quick Details

  • 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

Specialized Services

  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Laboratory
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Bariatric Care
  • Colostomy Care

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

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.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

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 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 place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: C

This nursing home was awarded its third highest category score in the area of short-term care. We awarded this nursing home a grade of C in this area, which is an acceptable score. Short-term care grades are typically used to judge a facility's rehabilitation services To offer high-end rehabilitation services, facilities generally must offer higher levels of skilled nursing. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other highly trained professionals. In this facility's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than the typical facility. Lastly, we looked at the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 4.9 percent of this facility's patients returned home. At most nursing homes, closer to half of their residents are able to return home so this figure is below average.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

The final category we graded is long-term care, which proved to be a weak link for this nursing home. We gave this nursing home a grade of D for long-term care. For prospective patients seeking a permanent residence as opposed to rehabilitation, long-term care is an important category. On top of considering the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home gave the vaccine to 96.84685 percent of its patients. To our surprise, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home has fewer hospitalizations than the average nursing home. Sadly, 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.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Dec 23

Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 7.8% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percentage of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are often the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 0.9% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percent of patients who suffered from a fall which caused major injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A-minus

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 0.48% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often linked to worse hygiene protocols. Additional nurse staffing can limit the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Keep in mind that this statistic is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 25.39% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term patients that were given antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such drugs aren't medically indicated. However, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these drugs due to having more patients with dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 13.71% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically given to residents experiencing anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 1.42% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who are exhibiting depressive symptoms. Some experts argue that this is a reliable measure of patient quality of life.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 96.36% of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 14.59% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and continence.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 18.58% of Residents

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who maintained mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 18.58% of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-plus

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 3.45% of Patients

This metric tracks the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to measure short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B

In Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 79.99% of Resident

This indicates the percent of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with activities of daily living typically correlates with higher quality rehabilitation services.

Scores for Mason City, 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 D
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of B-plus

Looking for more options? Mason City, Iowa has 3 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Mercy Medical Center-North IowaAcute Care Hospitals 1.77 miles away1000 Fourth Street Sw Mason City Iowa 50401Voluntary non-profit - Private(641) 428-7000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fmc - Mason City4.3 miles away910 N Eisenhower Ave Mason City Iowa 50401Dialysis Stations: 21 (641) 423-6015