Briarwood Healthcare Center is a small nursing home located in Iowa City, Iowa. Featuring an overall score of A, this is without a doubt a first-rate nursing home. In fact, we ranked this facility in the top 20 percent of all facilities in the United States. One of the major highlights of this facility's stellar profile is its inspection reports. Inspection grades are discussed in the next paragraph.
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Briarwood Healthcare Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
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Top Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2020
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to performing well overall, this nursing home also received a nearly flawless inspection report. Consequently, it received one of our highest grades in that area with an A+. Inspection grades are based on many items found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that receive favorable grades in this category typically have few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. This nursing home was assessed 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe deficiencies. This means that CMS did not consider any of these deficiencies to pose an imminent risk 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
This nursing home also was given a strong short-term care grade. This actually is this facility's second strongest category score. In that area, we gave this facility a grade of A. Our short-term care ratings are meaningful for prospective residents looking for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically utilizes higher levels of skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes a wide range of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last metric we assessed in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We found that 6.3 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
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Long-term Care Quality
We also wanted to alert you to the fact that this nursing home was awarded a first-rate grade of A- in our long-term care category. In a long-term care setting, the facility's primary goal is to keep patients as healthy and safe as possible. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate residents. After assessing the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 93.45238 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which happens to be a bit below what we anticipated but still a decent figure. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
The final category we graded is nursing. We gave this nursing home one of our better scores in that area, with a B. Even though this isn't as strong as some of this nursing home's other scores, it is still an excellent grade. There are a number of factors within this area. Most of the data points are tied to the quantity and quality of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility the nation 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 employing a protocol of turning a patient at least once a day.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Briarwood Healthcare Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 14.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This statistic measures the percent of long-term stay residents who developed new or worsened pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are a reliable indicator of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 0.6% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of residents that have had a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls are often caused by poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 6.54% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often caused by worse hygiene protocols. Better hygiene protocols can limit the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Keep in mind that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 5.95% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In some situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 39.39% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This measures the percentage of long-term residents that are administered antianxiety drugs. These drugs are generally used to treat patients experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 10.49% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents who are exhibiting symptoms of depression. Increased rates of depression could imply worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 96.73% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 19.08% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living could be a sign of the deterioration of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 10.85% of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who remained mobile levels. Some would argue that the ability to move around is vital to residents' health.
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. There is typically a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 10.85% of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 15.04% of Patients
This indicates the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between having fewer emergency room visits and the quality of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 77.9% of Resident
This datapoint measures the percentage of short-term patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many believe this is a measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation services.
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