Located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Pinnacle Specialty Care is one of five available facilities in the city. With an overall grade of B+, this looks like a very good facility. We were pleased to find out that this matched the average grade of facilities in Cedar Falls, which is one of the better cities in Iowa to find a nursing home. This facility was stronger in some categories than others, but it did not have any bad scores in any of the major areas discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.
Pinnacle Specialty Care
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Bariatric Care
- Blood Administration
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Lymphedema Care
- Aquatic Therapy
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to earning a great overall grade, this nursing home fared even better in our inspections category which is associated with the facility's recent government inspection reports. We awarded it an A for this area, which is one of our highest scores. Inspection grades are tied to several datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that score well in this category tend to have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these places should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. This facility received 5 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be major deficiencies. This means that the inspectors did not consider any of these deficiencies to be an immediate threat to resident safety or health. A couple relatively minor deficiencies are not necessarily something to panic about.
This facility really excelled in the area of nursing, where it received a grade of A-. Few nursing homes performed better in this area. Nursing ratings are largely tied to the facility's level of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facility was awarded a favorable short-term care score as well. We gave it one of our higher grades in that category with a grade of B+. Our short-term care scores are crucial for people looking for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically utilizes more highly-skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes a vast scope of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last datapoint we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients that eventually returned home from the facility. We found that 5.8 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
Long-term Care Quality
The final area we analyzed was long-term care. This facility received a strong long-term care rating in our assessment, with a C. While this is not as elite as several of its other grades, this is still an acceptable score for this category. In the category of long-term care, we assess the amount of services offered by a facility, rather than more sophisticated services. Once we assessed the quantity of care provided by nurses, we next considered the nursing home's vaccination record. Frankly, we were a bit concerned this nursing home vaccinated just 82.00692 percent of its residents against pneumonia. Nevertheless, this facility keeps its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Pinnacle Specialty Care Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of patients who have had a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of nursing care . Falls resulting in injury are routinely caused by lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often linked to a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this statistic could also be misleading for some facilities due to different reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were given antipsychotic drugs. These medications may be used for treating a variety of conditions, such as dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care patients that were administered antianxiety medication. These drugs are prescribed to patients experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 4.48% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 94.58% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for seniors, making these types of vaccines indispensable.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 16.82% Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and bathing. Many in the industry would argue that this is a reasonable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 19.24% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percent of residents that maintained mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital is key to the physical health of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the health of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 11.86 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Pinnacle Specialty Care, 79.45% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percentage of short-term care patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with activities of daily living typically correlates with superior rehabilitation.
Scores for Cedar Falls, IA
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of A-minus
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of A-minus
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
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