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Accura Healthcare of Cherokee

  • Nursing Home
  • Assisted Living

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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Accura Healthcare of Cherokee's website

921 Riverview Drive,
Cherokee IA 51012

(712) 225-5724

71.25% estimated occupancy 1

With an address in Cherokee, Iowa, Accura Healthcare of Cherokee is one of just three facilities there. This nursing home was given an A- overall, which is among the best grades that we offer. A score in this range requires top-notch scores across the board. As a matter of fact, this proved to be the best facility in the city. As you can find below, this facility also performed well in our category scores. It's hard to find any major flaws in this place's profile.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

In addition to faring well overall, this nursing home also earned a nearly flawless inspection report. Consequently, it received one of our highest scores in that area with an A+. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in determining our inspection grades. One critical factor is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some of these are quite insignificant. Fortunately, although this place had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those found in categories G through L. This tells you that the inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Keep in mind that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in the industry.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

Adding to its strong resume, this facility also received an excellent nursing score, with a grade of A. Our nursing rating is largely tied to a nursing home's nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality-based metrics and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as having a protocol of moving residents at least once a day.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

Turning to another strength for this facility, we gave them one of our better scores in our short-term care category as well, with a grade of B+. Short-term care scores are based on a facility's quantity of highly-skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This means a broad range of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, not to mention other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the percentage of residents who were able to return home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B

The final category we rated was long-term care, where this nursing home was given a grade of B. Believe it or not, this turned out to be this facility's weakest category. A facility could be doing a lot worse when it's weakest grade still beats out most other nursing homes. Nursing homes that do well in long-term care typically are well-staffed and provide extensive hands on care to patients. Once we assessed the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination record. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia. Vaccines are critical to keeping patients out of the hospital. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Accura Healthcare of Cherokee Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A

In Accura Healthcare of Cherokee, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term residents who have pressure ulcers . We factor in this statistic in computing both nursing and long-term care grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Accura Healthcare of Cherokee, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of residents that have had a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are routinely associated with lower levels of patient supervision. Better nursing protocols can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Accura Healthcare of Cherokee, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs

This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term stay residents which sustained a UTI. UTI's may be a sign of poor nursing care. However, this metric could be misleading for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Accura Healthcare of Cherokee, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Accura Healthcare of Cherokee, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percentage of long-term residents who were administered antianxiety drugs. These drugs are prescribed to patients experiencing anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Accura Healthcare of Cherokee, 4.48% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents who are exhibiting depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Accura Healthcare of Cherokee, 94.58% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term stay patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for seniors, making these types of vaccines critical to patient care.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Accura Healthcare of Cherokee, 16.82% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-minus

In Accura Healthcare of Cherokee, 19.24% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percentage of patients who maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B

In Accura Healthcare of Cherokee, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is important to maintaining the physical well-being of nursing home patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Accura Healthcare of Cherokee, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. Keeping residents out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical well-being of residents.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Cherokee Regional Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 0.62 miles away300 Sioux Valley Drive Cherokee Iowa 51012Voluntary non-profit - Private(712) 225-5101
  • Mental Health InstitutePsychiatric 1.87 miles away1251 North Cedar Loop Cherokee Iowa 51012Government - State(712) 225-2594
  • Buena Vista Regional Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 17.72 miles away1525 West 5th Street Storm Lake Iowa 50588Government - Local(712) 732-4030

Nearby Dialysis

  • Renal Center of Storm Lake, LLC18.4 miles away1426 N Lake Ave Storm Lake Iowa 50588Dialysis Stations: 16 (712) 732-6900