Heritage House is located in Atlantic, Iowa. With an overall score of B+, this nursing home should work for most people. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top third of all nursing homes in the United States. The best aspect of this nursing home's impressive report card was its inspection reports. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
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Top Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Atlantic, Iowa Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Atlantic, Iowa Awards 2020
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One of the many reasons this ended up being a quality nursing home is that it earned an A+ inspection grade. This is just about as good as it gets in this area. Inspection ratings weigh a host of factors found on a nursing home's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we weigh heavily is the number and severity of deficiencies. Places with better grades in this category usually have very few of these severe deficiencies. Although this place had a few deficiencies on its inspection report, none were severe based on CMS' scale. A few relatively minor dings aren't something to panic about.
Adding to this nursing home's list of strengths, it also received an excellent nursing grade. We awarded them an impressive grade of A in this category. Our nursing grade is primarily tied to a nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well when it comes to minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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Long-term Care Quality
We also gave this nursing home a middle of the road score in the category of long-term care, where we awarded it a B-. Our long-term care grades are vital for patients looking for non-healthcare services such as personal care. After looking at the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we next considered the nursing home's vaccination record. We were pleased to find that this facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents for pneumonia. This facility keeps its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Short-term Care Quality
The last area we analyzed was short-term care. This facility was awarded a strong short-term care rating in our assessment, with a grade of B-. Although this isn't quite as strong as several of its other grades, this is nevertheless an acceptable rating in that category. Our short-term care scores are based on the facility's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This means a vast scope of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we considered the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 3.1 percent of this facility's patients returned home. At most facilities, closer to half of their patients are able to return home so this figure is below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heritage House Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heritage House, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of residents who suffered from 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 protocols can limit the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heritage House, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of residents who suffered from a fall which resulted in severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heritage House, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This metric indicates the percentage of long-term patients who had a urinary tract infection. Although more infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's nursing care, it is difficult to compare between facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heritage House, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many patients, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heritage House, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term residents taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heritage House, 4.67% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents demonstrating signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heritage House, 93.67% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heritage House, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and bathing. Many in the industry argue this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heritage House, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who remained mobile levels.
In Heritage House, 1.48 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
In Heritage House, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical abilities of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Heritage House, 12.73 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to measure the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Heritage House, 77.73% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term stay residents that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of performance with activities of daily living generally correlates with superior rehabilitation services.
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