With an address in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Savannah Heights is one of just three available facilities in this city. This facility was given an overall grade of B+, which is a strong score. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it in the top third of all facilities in the country. Scroll down to see this facility's category scores, which are also quite good. It's hard to poke holes in this place's profile.
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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
One of the many reasons this turned out to be a quality nursing home is that it received an A+ inspection grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this critical category. Inspection scores are tied to several datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that score well in this area have few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these facilities should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. This nursing home received 5 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This means that CMS did not consider any of the deficiencies to be an immediate threat 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
This facility is also above average in the area of short-term care, where it received a score of B+. It performed better than most facilities in this category. With our short-term care assessment, we try to create a valuable gauge for rehabilitation. In doing so, we look at the nursing home's scope of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The final item we looked at in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
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Long-term Care Quality
Turning to our third area, this nursing home also earned a grade of B for its long-term care rating. This is an above average grade in this category. Nursing homes that receive this type of score in long-term care typically provide consistent 24/7 care to ensure residents are well cared for. Once we assessed the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we turned to the facility's vaccination record. This nursing home vaccinated 95.04951 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is better than the vast majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Switching gears to our next area, this nursing home received an excellent nursing rating. This nursing home didn't prove to have any weak links. Our nursing score weighs many data points, however, the most important consideration is the level of nurse hours spent with patients. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Savannah Heights Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Savannah Heights, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This measures the percentage of long-term residents who suffered from pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are an indicator of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Savannah Heights, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients who sustained a fall which caused severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Savannah Heights, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. These infections may be linked to inadequate hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Savannah Heights, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure indicates the percent of long-term patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may indicate a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior in situations where such medications aren't medically required. However, some facilities need to rely more on these medications due to an increased number of residents with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Savannah Heights, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are given to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Savannah Heights, 4.67% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who are exhibiting signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Savannah Heights, 93.67% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Savannah Heights, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and continence. Many believe that this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Savannah Heights, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of patients that remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.
In Savannah Heights, 1.48 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Savannah Heights, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Savannah Heights, 12.73 Percentage 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 Savannah Heights, 77.73% Percentage of Resident
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of short-term care patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some experts would argue this is a measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation performance.
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