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Cherokee Specialty Care

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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1011 North Roosevelt,
Cherokee IA 51012

(712) 225-5189

79.83% estimated occupancy 1

Cherokee Specialty Care is a small non-profit facility located in Cherokee, Iowa. Featuring an overall grade of B-, this is likely a decent nursing home. This grade was right in line with the city grade in Cherokee. The best part of this nursing home's report card was its remarkable inspection grade. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Lymphedema Care

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

This nursing home received a solid overall grade as described above, but we really wanted to emphasize its nearly flawless government inspection reports in recent years. We gave them an impressive grade of A in this category. Inspection scores weigh a host of factors included in a nursing home's inspection reports. One key criteria we consider is the number and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with better scores in this area typically have very few of these severe deficiencies. This nursing home received 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This tells you that CMS did not deem any of these deficiencies to create an immediate threat to patient safety or health. Keep in mind that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in this industry.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility was awarded its next highest category score in the area of long-term care. We awarded this facility a B- in this category, which is a respectable score. In calculating these long-term care scores, we analyze the facility's personal care services. On top of looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 87.012985 percent of its patients. This is pretty significantly less than average. On a more positive note, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: C

We also gave this nursing home a decent score in the category of nursing care, with a grade of C. There are a host of criteria within this area. Many of the criteria reflect levels of nurse staffing. This facility averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient daily, which is a very low figure. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics. While this place got dinged a bit for its nursing hours per resident, it actually excelled in some of these quality-based measures. With fewer than five percent of its patients suffering from pressure ulcers, it did well in this area. This can be an indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a protocol of moving residents more often.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: C

Our final area is short-term care, in which we gave this facility a grade of C in that area. In the area of short-term care, we try to assess measures of a facility's rehabilitation services. We analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses and physical and occupational therapists. It doesn't appear that this facility provided registered nurse or physical therapist staffing data. Finally, we assessed the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home. At most nursing homes, closer to half of their patients are able to return home so this figure is below average.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Sep 22

Cherokee Specialty Care Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percent of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage caused by staying in the same position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percent of patients who have had a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls which result in injury are routinely caused by poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-plus

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs

This metric measures the percentage of long-term residents that had a UTI. Although more infections could reflect poorly on a facility's cleanliness, it can be problematic to compare between nursing homes due to reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term care patients taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some cases, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic tells you the percentage of long-term residents receiving antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 4.48% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents showing symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 94.58% of Patients

This metric measures the percent of long-term patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these vaccines critical to patient well-being.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-minus

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 16.82% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's may indicate the erosion of a resident's health.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 19.24% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percent of residents who retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is critical to preserving the physical health of nursing home residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the health of patients.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-plus

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 11.86 Percentage of Patients

This is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to gauge the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-minus

In Cherokee Specialty Care, 79.45% Percentage of Resident

This indicates the percent of short-term care residents that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of independence with activities of daily living often correlates with better rehabilitation.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Cherokee Regional Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 0.26 miles away300 Sioux Valley Drive Cherokee Iowa 51012Voluntary non-profit - Private(712) 225-5101
  • Mental Health InstitutePsychiatric 1.44 miles away1251 North Cedar Loop Cherokee Iowa 51012Government - State(712) 225-2594
  • Buena Vista Regional Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 18.29 miles away1525 West 5th Street Storm Lake Iowa 50588Government - Local(712) 732-4030

Nearby Dialysis

  • Renal Center of Storm Lake, LLC18.97 miles away1426 N Lake Ave Storm Lake Iowa 50588Dialysis Stations: 16 (712) 732-6900