Sunny Hill Care Center is a facility in Tama, Iowa, which has a population of 4,504 people. Featuring an overall grade of A-, this facility is among the higher-graded facilities we assessed. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it in the top third of all facilities in the country. This facility also received very consistent grades in all four of the major categories we assessed. Additional information about its category grades is available below.
Sunny Hill Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
Registered Staff Hours
To pair with a strong overall score, we awarded this nursing home an A+ for our inspections rating. These inspection scores take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these factors by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This facility was assessed 7 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This tells you that CMS didn't consider any of the deficiencies an immediate threat to resident health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
This facility is also above average in the area of long-term care, where it was given a grade of B+. It outpaced most nursing homes in this area. Long-term care grades in this range generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. On top of looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients. Vaccines are vital to keeping patients healthy. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
In addition, this nursing home also was awarded favorable short-term care grades in our assessment. In fact, we awarded it one of our stronger scores in that area, with a score of B+. Short-term care grades are generally employed to measure a nursing home's rehabilitation services In order to provide quality rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally need to offer better levels of skilled nursing services. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last statistic we considered in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that 5.6 percent of this nursing home's patients were able to return home.
The last area we looked at is nursing. We awarded this facility one of our better scores in this category, with a grade of B. Even though this is not as strong as several of this facility's other grades, it is nevertheless a perfectly acceptable score. We looked at the levels of nurses at the nursing home, as well as the quantity of time the nurses worked with residents, in calculating our grade in this category. This nursing home averages 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 facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Sunny Hill Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols can reduce the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term care residents who have sustained falls which caused severe injury. This is one of the statistics we use in determining our nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who sustained UTI's. UTI's may be an indication of a facility with worst hygiene practices. However, this statistic may also be misleading for some facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. These drugs are used to treat a variety of conditions, including dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of long-term care patients taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 4.77% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term residents demonstrating signs of depression. Some experts would argue this is a reasonable measure of patient quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 94.58% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 16.85% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's may indicate the deterioration of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 20.59% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. There is usually a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 79.44% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term stay residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.