Deerfield Retirement Community is a senior living facility in Urbandale, Iowa, a city with 41,731 people. Sporting an overall grade of A, this is clearly a first-rate facility. In fact, we ranked this nursing home in the top fifth of all facilities in the country. Scroll down to find this facility's category ratings, which are also strong. It would be hard to find any major flaws in this nursing home's profile.
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Deerfield Retirement Community
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Contracted Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- No Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Church related
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Top Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2021
Best Nursing Home in Urbandale, Iowa Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to a phenomenal overall grade, this facility also received A+ nursing grade. When determining our nursing ratings, we weigh both staffing levels and the training levels of those nurses. This particular nursing home provided 0.6 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility also received an A+ short-term care grade, rendering it one of the few facilities to be given multiple A+ category scores. Our short-term care grades are probably more meaningful for those requiring rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation typically mandates more skilled nursing. This means not only nursing services, but also physical and speech therapy, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last measure we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients who ultimately returned home from the facility. We found that 6.1 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
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Adding to its impressive category grades, we awarded this nursing home a grade of B+ for our inspections rating. Inspection grades are tied to items found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that excel in this category have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. While this facility had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those labeled as categories G through L. This means that CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Keep in mind that deficiency-free inspections are rare in this industry.
Long-term Care Quality
The final area we looked at was long-term care. This nursing home was given a very good nursing grade this year, with a B. Even though this wasn't nearly as good as a few of its other scores, this is still one of the better grades in that category. Long-term care ratings in this range generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. In addition to considering the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients. Vaccines are vital to keeping patients out of the hospital. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Deerfield Retirement Community Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of patients who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injury are often associated with lower quality nursing care. Better nursing protocols limits the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely associated with nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Better hygiene protocols can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Keep in mind that this statistic is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have incongruent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. These medications are sometimes used for treating several medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic measures the percentage of long-term residents receiving antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 4.67% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term patients demonstrating symptoms of depression. Some experts would argue that this is a reasonable measure of resident quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 93.67% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients that were able to retain mobility. Many in the industry believe that the ability to move around is critical to residents' physical and mental health.
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 1.48 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is key to preserving the physical health of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 12.73 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Deerfield Retirement Community, 77.73% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percent of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some would argue this is a reliable measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.
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