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 very good nursing home. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top third of all nursing homes in the nation. This facility's strong profile was highlighted by its inspection score, which you can find in the next section.
Briarwood Healthcare Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- 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
Top Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2020
Registered Staff Hours
To pair with its strong overall grade, we awarded this facility an A+ for our inspections rating. Perhaps the most important factor we consider in computing our inspection scores is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities with higher grades in this area most likely dodged the more severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. While this nursing home had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G through L. This tells you that CMS didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient 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 awarded a strong short-term care grade. Indeed, this ended up being this nursing home's second strongest category grade. In that area, this facility received a score of A-. Short-term care ratings are vital for residents needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally utilizes additional skilled nursing. This means a wide range of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other types of therapy. Unfortunately, we were not able to locate information about this nursing home's registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. The final item we looked at in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return home. We discovered that 6.3 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.
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Long-term Care Quality
Turning to an additional strength for this nursing home, we gave them one of our higher grades in our long-term care category as well, with a grade of B+. When facilities receive this type of score in this category it is a good sign for resident care and indicates that the facility is well-staffed with nurses and aids. One of the datapoints we considered after nursing hours is vaccinations. This nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccination to 100 percent of its residents. This is a reliable method to avoid unnecessary deaths for the senior population. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
The last category we graded was nursing. We gave this facility a solid score in this category, with a B-. While this wasn't as high as a few of this facility's other scores, it is still not a bad grade. Our nursing grade is primarily based on a facility's nurse staffing. This place provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient per day. This is a much lower figure than we were hoping for. Finally, our nursing ratings also factor in quality-based measures, such as preventing major falls. Despite not having the highest total nursing hours per resident, this nursing home actually performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is typically an indicator that a place has quality controls in place. Many falls could be avoided if a facility provides enough nurses aids to assist its patients.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Briarwood Healthcare Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols minimizes the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of patients that suffered from a fall which caused serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often linked to lower quality nursing care. However, this statistic can also be misleading for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used appropriately. In some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure measures the percent of long-term patients receiving antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 4.48% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents demonstrating depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 94.58% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 16.82% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and bathing.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 19.24% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of patients that remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility can be a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is usually a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 11.86 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Briarwood Healthcare Center, 79.45% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term care residents that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of performance with ADL's usually correlates with superior rehabilitation services.
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