Blackhawk Life Care Center is the lone facility we found in Lake View, Iowa. With an A overall grade, we rated this facility in the top 20 percent of all facilities in the country. As far as we can see, this nursing home ought to be a wonderful choice for most people. Headlining this facility's remarkable profile is its inspection rating, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
Blackhawk Life 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 - 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
On top of being a great nursing home overall, it also earned A+ health inspections recently. Its inspections were virtually flawless. These inspection scores weigh several factors, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can find more information about each of these factors by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this facility had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G through L. This tells you CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
We also would like to emphasize the fact that this facility was given an elite score of A in our short-term care category. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we scrutinize a facility's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other licensed professionals. This grade is considered to be a reliable assessment of the nursing home's ability to rehabilitate patients. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we considered the percentage of patients that ultimately returned home from this facility. We found that 6.3 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
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Long-term Care Quality
In addition, this nursing home also was given favorable long-term care scores in our assessment. Indeed, we gave them one of our higher scores in that category, with a score of B+. Facilities that excel in this category typically provide residents with better supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. 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 one of the stronger grades in that category. When determining a facility's nursing rating, we look at the quantity of hours nurses are with patients and the level of licensure of those nurses. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at 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 state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as having a policy of moving a patient more frequently.
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, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term care patients who have pressure ulcers . We use this statistic in calculating both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients that have had a fall which resulted in severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely caused by facilities with lower levels of hygiene. Better nursing care minimizes the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Keep in mind that this metric is affected by by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are given to patients for many conditions, including cognitive disorders. Unfortunately, in some cases, increased usage of these drugs may indicate a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of residents prescribed antianxiety medications. These drugs are used to treat residents suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 4.77% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who are exhibiting depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 94.58% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 16.85% Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and using the bathroom. Many in the industry would argue this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 20.59% Percentage of Residents
This is the percent of residents that retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is often a good sign for residents' health.
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is critical to maintaining the physical well-being of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 79.44% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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