Prairie Vista Village is a nursing home in Altoona, Iowa. The city has 16,136 people. This turns out to be an A rated facility. This nursing home received one of the most impressive ratings that we offer. A score in this range requires first-rate marks across the board. This is really as good of a nursing home as you're going to find. As you will see below, this nursing home performed just as well in our category scores. We gave it a straight A report card!
Prairie Vista Village
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
2785 1st Avenue S,
Altoona IA 50009
73.04% estimated occupancy 1
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Top Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2019
Top Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Altoona, Iowa Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2021
Best Nursing Home in Altoona, Iowa Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to being a great overall grade, this facility also received A+ health inspections in recent years. Its inspections were virtually flawless. Inspection scores are tied to datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that score well in this area tend to have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. This nursing home was assessed 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This means that the inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies to create an immediate risk to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
We also wanted to draw your attention to the fact that this facility excelled in our short-term care rating. We awarded them an impressive score of A+ in this area. Our short-term care scores are critical for residents in need of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually mandates more highly-skilled nursing. Skilled nursing means a wide scope of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last measure we considered in this category is the number of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We found that 6.7 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
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Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home also performed well in the category of long-term care, where we awarded it a grade of A-. Not many facilities fared better in this area. When nursing homes receive a grade in this range in this category it typically means it's well-staffed and is an overall good place to live on a permanent basis. After we finished looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses, we next considered the facility's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is very impressive. Pneumonia is too frequently a dangerous health condition for nursing home residents so we prefer when a facility does not leave this to chance. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Moving on to our final category, this nursing home was awarded a very strong nursing score. In fact, we gave it a grade of A- in that category, resulting in this facility receiving straight A's. Our nursing grade features several subcategories. The most heavily weighted one is the number of hours nurses spent with residents. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as having a policy of turning a resident more often.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Prairie Vista Village Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Prairie Vista Village, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who developed pressure ulcers or bed sores. We factor in this statistic in computing our nursing grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Prairie Vista Village, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents that sustained a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are routinely associated with lower quality nursing care. Closer supervision reduces the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Prairie Vista Village, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents that experienced a UTI. UTI's could be a sign of lower quality nursing care. Nevertheless, this datapoint may be skewed for some nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Prairie Vista Village, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. These drugs are used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Prairie Vista Village, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents given antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically used to treat residents experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Prairie Vista Village, 4.48% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Prairie Vista Village, 94.58% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Prairie Vista Village, 16.82% Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and eating. Many in the industry argue this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Prairie Vista Village, 19.24% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percent of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Prairie Vista Village, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Prairie Vista Village, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Prairie Vista Village, 11.86 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Prairie Vista Village, 79.45% Percentage of Resident
Measures the percentage of short-term stay patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many believe that this is a measure of rehabilitation performance.
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