Independence House is a small non-profit nursing home located in Fostoria, Ohio. This facility was given an overall score of B+. This is actually the number one rated nursing home in Fostoria. As far as we can see, this nursing home looks like a good fit for most people. This nursing home's impressive profile was highlighted by its inspection score, which is addressed in the next section.
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
1000 Independence Rd,
Fostoria OH 44830
65.59% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
One of the reasons this turned out to be a strong nursing home is that it received a very impressive inspection rating. Inspections turned out to be its best category. In this category, we gave this facility a grade of A. Inspection ratings account for several factors found on a facility's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we weigh heavily is the number and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with better grades in this category generally have very few severe deficiencies. Fortunately, although this place had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G through L. This tells you the inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. We should note that deficiency-free inspection reports are rare in the industry.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home truly excelled in the category of short-term care, where it received a grade of A. Only a select group of nursing homes performed more favorably in this area. In the area of short-term care, we try to evaluate indicators of a facility's rehabilitation services. We assess the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses and physical, occupational and other therapists. When we assessed this facility's nursing hours, we found it offered substantially more care from registered nurses than most facilities. The last metric we looked at in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. It performed as well as just about any nursing home in Ohio in this area with 61.1 percent of its patients returning home. For most nursing homes, fewer than half of their short-stay residents ever return home.
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Adding to its profile, this facility also earned a grade of B for its nursing rating. This is a well above average score in this category. Our nursing score assesses a handful of factors, but the most important one is the number of nurse hours spent with patients. This nursing home boasts a really impressive 4.3 hours of nursing care per patient per day, of which a significant percentage was provided by registered nurses. This is one of the more highly trained levels of nurses. On top of looking at levels of nursing care, we also looked at a few quality measures in determining our nursing grades. These include minimizing residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We view these areas as good indicators of the quality of nursing care provided, since better care tends to reduce these problems.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we rated is long-term care. In that area, we awarded this nursing home an acceptable grade of C. This is this facility's least impressive category. Our long-term care scores are more important for residents in need of more conventional services associated with personal care. In addition to impressive nursing hour statistics, this nursing home's vaccination record is better than most nursing homes also. Indeed, it vaccinated 98.51852 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.68 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Independence House Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Independence House, 7.8% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin due to remaining in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Independence House, 3.62% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric gauges the percent of long-term care residents that suffered falls leading to severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be a sign of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Independence House, 1.75% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely the result of a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this datapoint could be misleading for certain facilities due to different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Independence House, 12.79% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are administered to patients for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Unfortunately, in some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Independence House, 22.34% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are generally given to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Independence House, 19.84% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who are demonstrating symptoms of depression. Many argue that this is a measure of patient quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Independence House, 90.11% of Patients
This is the percent of patients that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Independence House, 15.05% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Independence House, 18.59% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay residents that were able to retain mobility.
In Independence House, 1.39 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care. There is usually a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Independence House, 18.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Independence House, 11.79 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the overall quality of rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Independence House, 74.53% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of autonomy with activities of daily living generally correlates with better rehabilitation services.
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