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The Heights of Alamo

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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The Heights of Alamo's website

1214 S. Alamo Road,
Alamo TX 78516

(956) 715-8600

108.46% estimated occupancy 1

With an address in Alamo, Texas, The Heights of Alamo is the sole option we found in this area. This is a middle of the road facility, with an overall grade of B-. Based on our assessment, this nursing home looks like a solid choice for quite a few people. The best part of this place's profile is its stellar inspection grade. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • No Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Dialysis Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Optometry
  • Audiology
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

We want to draw your attention to the fact that this facility outperformed its overall grade in the category of inspections. In fact, it received an excellent inspection report this year. As a result, it received one of our best grades in this area with a grade of A+. Inspection ratings are tied to datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that receive favorable grades 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 risks to patient safety. We were not able to track down information about this nursing home's deficiencies. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

This facility also received a strong long-term care grade. Indeed, we awarded it a B+ in this category, which happens to be one of our better. Facilities that do well in this category typically provide residents with more supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. Once we finished looking at the amount of nursing care, we next considered the nursing home's vaccination data. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia tragically can be a dangerous illness for nursing home patients so we strongly prefer when a facility doesn't leave its residents vulnerable. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility received its next most favorable category score in the area of short-term care. We awarded this facility a B- in this area, which is a respectable grade. Our short-term care scores are meaningful for residents looking for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically mandates more skilled nursing. Skilled nursing means a wide scope of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other types of therapy. Unfortunately, we weren't able to track down information on registered nurse or physical therapy staffing for this nursing home. The final measure we considered in this category is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We discovered that just 5.6 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is actually below average.

Nurse Quality

Grade: F

The last category we assessed was nursing, which ended up being this facility's least impressive category. It received a lowly F in this area, which is obviously a major disappointment. Our nursing grade looks at the nursing home's nurse staffing levels. We weigh both the levels of licensure of the nurses as well as the number of hours spent with patients. With just 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient each day, this facility's nurse staffing levels were significantly below the national average. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in computing our nursing grades. This place performed well in terms of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

The Heights of Alamo Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In The Heights of Alamo, 7.79% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percentage of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In The Heights of Alamo, 3.33% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percent of residents that suffered from a fall which resulted in severe injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A-minus

In The Heights of Alamo, 1.51% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections could be associated with poor hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In The Heights of Alamo, 11.48% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This figure tells you the percentage of long-term residents which are given antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may suggest a facility is using these medications to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs are not medically indicated. However, some facilities need to rely more on these drugs due to having more patients suffering from cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-plus

In The Heights of Alamo, 22.56% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

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

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: F

In The Heights of Alamo, 4.81% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents exhibiting symptoms of depression. Some believe this is a measure of resident quality of life.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In The Heights of Alamo, 94.64% of Patients

This is the percent of patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In The Heights of Alamo, 17.1% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percent of residents who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living could be a sign of decline of a patient's medical condition.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: F

In The Heights of Alamo, 16.36% Percentage of Residents

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term residents who maintained mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

In The Heights of Alamo, 1.67 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital is important to preserving the physical health of residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In The Heights of Alamo, 16.36 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: C

In The Heights of Alamo, 11.4 Percentage of Patients

This indicates the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between keeping patients out of the emergency room and the quality of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In The Heights of Alamo, 66.86% Percentage of Resident

This tells you the percentage of short-term care residents that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with activities of daily living usually correlates with successful rehabilitation.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Rio Grande Regional HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 6.32 miles away101 E Ridge Rd Mcallen Texas 78503Proprietary(956) 632-6000
  • South Texas Health SystemAcute Care Hospitals 7.78 miles away1102 W Trenton Road Edinburg Texas 78539Proprietary(956) 632-4484
  • Doctors Hospital at RenaissanceAcute Care Hospitals 7.86 miles away5501 South Mccoll Edinburg Texas 78539Physician(956) 362-8677
  • Cornerstone Regional HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 8.27 miles away2302 Cornerstone Boulevard Edinburg Texas 78539Proprietary(956) 618-4444
  • Knapp Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 9.41 miles away1401 East Eight Street Weslaco Texas 78596Voluntary non-profit - Private(956) 968-8567
  • Mission Regional Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 11.9 miles away900 South Bryan Road Mission Texas 78572Voluntary non-profit - Private(956) 323-9000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Medical Care Tri-City2.17 miles away734 North Alamo Road Alamo Texas 78516CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 20 (956) 783-5628
  • Fresenius Medical Care River Valley Clinic4.38 miles away433 W Sam Houston Blvd Pharr Texas 78577Dialysis Stations: 16 (956) 283-0646
  • Davita Donna Dialysis5.03 miles away1006 East Hwy 2 Donna Texas 78537Dialysis Stations: 21 (956) 461-2519
  • Egonsa Dialysis, LLC5.43 miles away2500 South Jackson Rd Mcallen Texas 78503Dialysis Stations: 21 (956) 664-8251
  • Driscoll Children's Valley Dialysis Center5.54 miles away1120 East Ridge Road Mcallen Texas 78503Dialysis Stations: 4 (956) 688-1220
  • Valley Dialysis of Mcallen6.07 miles away2000 S. Cynthia Street Mcallen Texas 78503CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 32 (956) 994-3374
  • Usrc Mcallen Dialysis6.25 miles away1301 East Ridge Road Suite C Mcallen Texas 78503Dialysis Stations: 28 (956) 668-8484
  • Dialysis Care of Mcallen6.56 miles away411 Lindberg Avenue Mcallen Texas 78501CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 32 (956) 687-6701