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Ridgewood Specialty Care

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: C
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Ridgewood Specialty Care's website

1977 Albia Road,
Ottumwa IA 52501

(641) 683-3111

81.16% estimated occupancy 1

Ridgewood Specialty Care is a small non-profit facility in Ottumwa, Iowa. This turns out to be a middle of the road facility, with an overall grade of C. You can certainly do worse than this place. The best part of this place's profile is is its inspection score. We discuss inspections in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Lymphedema Care

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

While this facility's overall grade was decent, it really fared well in the area of inspections. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A- for that category, which is one of our best scores. Our inspection grades account for a host of factors included in a nursing home's inspection report. One key criteria we rely on is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with better scores in this category usually have few severe deficiencies. This particular nursing home received 4 deficiencies on its inspection report. Overall, this is still a solid inspection report, but we'd always recommend looking into any deficiencies you find troubling.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

Another one of this facility's more impressive category grades came in the category of short-term care. In that category, we gave this facility a grade of B. It actually outperformed most nursing homes in this area. In computing these short-term care ratings, we analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. The objective is to create a measure for comparing the rehabilitation services of various nursing homes. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last statistic we assessed in this category is the percentage of patients who ultimately returned home from the nursing home. We found that 5.5 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

The next highest grade we gave this nursing home in any area came in the category of nursing, where we gave it a grade of B-. The nursing grade weighs a handful of subcategories, many of which are tied to nursing hours. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this facility fared better in some of the quality-based metrics we assessed. It performed well in the area of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. Many consider these areas to be reliable measures of the quality of nursing care. In many cases, the quality of nursing care is just as important as the quantity of hours of care provided.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: F

The last area we rated is long-term care. We gave it an F for this category, which is a rock bottom score. This is certainly a significant disappointment. Nursing homes that do not fare well in this category typically are not as well-staffed and are lagging in a few of the areas of routine personal care we looked at. In addition to looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 91.9708 percent of its patients. This is somewhat less than we anticipated but still a respectable percentage. To our surprise, this facility was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this nursing home had fewer hospitalizations than the average nursing home. This is its best feature in this category.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jul 22

Ridgewood Specialty Care Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: C

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This figure tells you the percentage of long-term stay residents who suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a great barometer of nursing care quality.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls

This statistic gauges the percentage of long-term residents who have had falls which resulted in serious injury. We use this statistic in computing nursing scores.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often associated with a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. However, this datapoint could also be misleading for certain facilities due to different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. These drugs are used for a variety of medical conditions, such as cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This datapoint gauges the percentage of long-term care residents taking antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 4.77% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents exhibiting symptoms of depression. Some argue that this is a reliable measure of resident quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 94.58% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of residents that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 16.85% Percentage of Patients

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and continence. Many in the industry would argue that this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-minus

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 20.59% Percentage of Residents

This is the percentage of patients that maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

Measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 11.44 Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to gauge patient care during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: D

In Ridgewood Specialty Care, 79.44% Percentage of Resident

This is the percentage of short-term care residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with activities of daily living generally correlates with successful rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Davis County HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 17.4 miles away509 North Madison Street Bloomfield Iowa 52537Government - Local(641) 664-2145
  • Monroe County HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 17.92 miles away6580 165th Street Albia Iowa 52531Voluntary non-profit - Other(641) 932-2134

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fmc - Ottumwa0.9 miles away1110 Quincy Ave. # 44 Ottumwa Iowa 52501Dialysis Stations: 16 (641) 682-7137
  • Ottumwa Dialysis3.66 miles away1005 Pennsylvania Ave #101 Ottumwa Iowa 52501Dialysis Stations: 12 (641) 682-1531