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 highest-graded facilities we assessed. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it in the top fifth of all nursing homes in the nation. This also appears to be a very consistent facility with consistent grades in all of our categories. More information about its category grades is available below.
Sunny Hill Care Center
- 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 - 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
On top of performing well overall, this nursing home also received a nearly flawless inspection report. Consequently, it received one of our best scores in that area with an A+. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining our inspection scores. One of those factors is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of the deficiencies is usually more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some can be quite minor. This place was assessed 7 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This indicates that the inspectors didn't consider any of these deficiencies to cause an imminent 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
On the list of its many high-end grades, this nursing home was given a strong long-term care score. In fact, it received a grade of A- in that area. When nursing homes receive this type of score in long-term care it is usually a good sign for patient care and suggests that the place is well-staffed with nurses and aids. In addition to considering the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients. Vaccines are critical to keeping patients out of the hospital. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Adding to its impressive resume, this nursing home also excelled in our nursing category. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A- for that category. The nursing rating is based on a handful of components, however, the primary consideration is the level of nurse hours spent with patients. This particular nursing home provided 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility 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.
Short-term Care Quality
In the final area, this nursing home also was awarded a very strong short-term care score, with a grade of A-. This completed a first-rate profile. In the area of short-term care, we seek to qualify indicators of a nursing home's rehabilitation. We assess the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses and physical and occupational therapists. Fortunately, it appear that this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, based on the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
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, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents who suffered from new or worsened pressure ulcers . We factor in this statistic in computing our nursing grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to serious injury are often caused by lower levels of patient supervision. Additional nurse staffing limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely the result of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this statistic can be misleading for certain nursing homes due to varying 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 statistic gauges the percent of long-term stay patients receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic indicates the percentage of long-term residents taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 4.48% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who are showing symptoms of depression. Many argue this is a reliable measure of quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 94.58% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 16.82% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 19.24% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents that remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the overall quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Sunny Hill Care Center, 79.45% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term stay residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with activities of daily living typically correlates with successful rehabilitation services.