Medicalodges Independence is a small nursing home in Independence, Kansas. Sporting an overall score of B, this facility is a very good choice. This facility definitely has plenty going for it. Keep reading to see this facility's category grades, which are also strong. It is hard to poke holes in this facility's profile.
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Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Peritoneal Dialysis
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
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In addition to being a strong facility overall, this facility also excelled in the area of inspections, where it earned a grade of A-. Not many facilities performed better in that category. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in determining these inspection scores. One key factor is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some can be relatively minor. Although this nursing home had some deficiencies on its government inspection report, none of them were serious based on CMS' deficiency scale. A couple relatively minor deficiencies aren't the end of the world.
One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing score. In that category, we awarded this facility an B+. Our nursing score is primarily based on a facility's nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as employing a protocol of turning a resident even once per day.
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Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home also was given a favorable long-term care score. In fact, we awarded it an above average score of B in this category. Long-term care ratings in this range generally require both around the clock care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. Once we assessed the quantity of care provided by nurses, we turned to the facility's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 18.18182 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Although its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we had hoped, we were pleased to find place was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Short-term Care Quality
The next category we assessed was short-term care. This facility was awarded an impressive short-term care grade this year, with a B. This nursing home truly did not have any weak categories. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we assess a nursing home's levels of highly skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This score is generally a reliable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation services. We were not able to locate information about this nursing home's registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. Finally, we looked at the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 4.8 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Medicalodges Independence Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Medicalodges Independence, 5.56% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is an indication of the percentage of long-term care residents that are suffering from pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a reliable measure of nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Medicalodges Independence, 6.82% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of patients who have had a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are routinely the result of lower quality nursing care. Additional nurse staffing can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Medicalodges Independence, 1.57% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic measures the percentage of long-term residents who experienced urinary tract infections. Although more of these infections could reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it is problematic to compare between nursing homes due to nursing homes having differing reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Medicalodges Independence, 22.12% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint is an indication of the percent of long-term care patients taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may mean a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Medicalodges Independence, 17.09% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percent of residents who were given antianxiety medications. These drugs are given to patients suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Medicalodges Independence, 0.81% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents demonstrating signs of depression. High rates of depression could imply a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Medicalodges Independence, 56.15% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Medicalodges Independence, 19.13% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Medicalodges Independence, 22.33% of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who retained mobility levels. Some experts would argue that the ability to move around is vital to residents' health.
In Medicalodges Independence, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. There is typically a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Medicalodges Independence, 22.33% of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Medicalodges Independence, 11.98% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Medicalodges Independence, 85.6% of Resident
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients that experienced functional improvements.