Blackhawk Life Care Center is the lone facility we found in Lake View, Iowa. With an B+ overall grade, we rated this facility in the top third of all nursing homes in the nation. You could certainly do much worse than this nursing home. This facility was stronger in some categories than others, but it didn't have any weak links in any of the major categories. More information about these categories can be found below.
Blackhawk Life 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 - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to being a strong facility overall, it also received A+ health inspections recently. Its inspections were nearly perfect. Our inspection scores account for several factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we weigh heavily is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with higher grades in this category generally have very few of these severe deficiencies. Although this place had some deficiencies on its report, none of them were major deficiencies based on CMS' scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home was given an impressive short-term care score as well. We gave it one of our better scores in that area with a score of B+. In our short-term care score, we endeavor to craft a valuable measure for rehabilitation services. In doing so, we look at a nursing home's level of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final item we considered in this area is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that 0 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
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Long-term Care Quality
Turning to the next area, this facility also received a grade of B+ for its long-term care rating. This is an above average grade in this area. When facilities receive a score in this range in this category it generally means it's well-staffed and is an overall good place to reside on a permanent basis. On top of assessing the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients. Vaccines are vital to keeping patients healthy. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
The final area we graded is nursing. This facility was awarded a very good nursing score in our assessment, with a B-. Although this was not quite as strong as some of its other scores, this is nevertheless a decent rating for this category. In calculating a nursing home's nursing rating, we assess the number of hours nurses are with patients as well as the level of skill of the nurses. This nursing home averages just 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low figure. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics. While this facility got dinged a bit for nursing hours per resident, it excelled in some of these quality measures. With less than five percent of its residents suffering from pressure ulcers, it performed well in this subcategory. This is generally an indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as by having a protocol of moving a patient at least once a day.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Blackhawk Life Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is a measure of the percent of long-term residents which suffered from pressure ulcers . We use this statistic in calculating both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term care patients which sustained falls resulting in major injury. This is one of the statistics we use in calculating our nursing ratings.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. Although a higher rate infections could reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it is problematic to compare between facilities due to reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to confirm these drugs 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
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of residents who were given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to patients suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 4.48% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents exhibiting symptoms of depression. Some experts would argue this is a reliable measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 94.58% of Patients
This is the percent of residents who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 16.82% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and eating.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 19.24% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that remained mobile levels. Many believe that mobility is critical to residents' health.
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is important to preserving the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 79.45% Percentage of Resident
This metric measures the percent of short-term stay patients who saw functional improvements.
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