Blackhawk Life Care Center is a small nursing home located in Lake View, Iowa. With an B+ overall grade, we ranked this facility in the top third of all facilities in the nation. You can definitely do much worse than this place. This nursing home was stronger in some categories than others, but it did not have any bad scores in any of our four major categories. More information about these categories can be found below.
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Blackhawk Life Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- 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
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Registered Staff Hours
In addition to being a great overall grade, this facility also received A+ health inspections in recent years. Its inspections were virtually flawless. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in determining our inspection grades. One critical factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of the deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies are quite minor. This facility was hit with 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe deficiencies. This tells you that the inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies to be an immediate threat to resident safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
We also awarded this nursing home a grade of A- for our short-term care score. In the category of short-term care, we strive to assess measures of a facility's rehabilitation. We assess the facility's skilled nursing services, such as the ones performed by registered nurses and physical, occupational and other therapists. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last measure we considered in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We discovered that 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
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Long-term Care Quality
This facility is also above average in the area of long-term care, where it was given a score of B+. It performed better than most nursing homes in this category. When nursing homes receive this type of score in this category it is typically a good sign for patient care and indicates that the place is well-staffed with nurses and aids. After we finished looking at the amount of care provided by nurses, we then looked at the facility's vaccination statistics. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is an impressive figure. Pneumonia sadly can be a life threatening health condition for nursing home patients so we strongly prefer when a nursing home doesn't take any chances. 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 number.
The next area we analyzed is nursing. This nursing home received an above average nursing score this year, with a grade of C. Although this isn't nearly as strong as many of its other scores, this is nevertheless a respectable score in that category. We analyzed the qualifications of nurses working for the nursing home, in addition to the number of hours the nurses spent with residents, in computing our grade in this area. This place provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident daily. This is a lower figure than we were hoping for. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics. Although this place got docked a bit for nursing hours per resident, it excelled in a few of these quality metrics. With less than five percent of its patients experiencing pressure ulcers, it performed very well in this statistic. This is generally an indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by having a protocol of turning residents even once per 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, 16.36% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term patients which are suffering from pressure ulcers or bed sores. We consider this statistic when determining both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 7.34% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is an indication of the percent of long-term stay residents who have suffered a fall resulting in severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be an indication of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 7.29% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are associated with insufficient hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 17.43% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term care residents which are administered antipsychotic medication. Increased usage of these drugs may mean a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such medications are not medically required. However, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these drugs due to an increased number of patients suffering from cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 18.81% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric tells you the percent of long-term stay patients that are administered antianxiety drugs. These drugs are used to treat residents suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 7.48% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term residents who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 100% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for seniors, making these vaccines indispensable.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 25.74% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and continence. Some experts would argue that this is a measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 24.45% of Residents
This indicates the percent of residents that remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is key to preserving the physical health of patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 24.45% of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Blackhawk Life Care Center, 79.25% of Resident
This is a measure of the percentage of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many argue this is a reliable measure of rehabilitation services.
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