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Elm Crest Retirement Community

  • Nursing Home
  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A
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Elm Crest Retirement Community's website

2104 12th Street,
Harlan IA 51537

(712) 755-5174

63.8% estimated occupancy 1

Elm Crest Retirement Community is the only facility we identified in Harlan, Iowa. This nursing home turns out to be an A rated facility, which is one of the most impressive ratings we offer. In fact, we ranked this nursing home in the top 20 percent of all facilities in the nation. As you can see below, this place also performed well in our category ratings. It would be hard to poke holes in this place's profile.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Church related
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Laboratory
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

On top of being a strong nursing home overall, it also earned A+ health inspections in recent years. Its inspections were nearly perfect. Our inspection scores are based on many datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that receive favorable grades in this category have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these places should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. While this place had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

Adding to its impressive resume, this nursing home also excelled in our nursing category. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A for that category. Nursing scores are mostly tied to the facility's level of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This nursing home performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

This facility also was given a top-shelf long-term care score. Indeed, this turned out to be this facility's third strongest category grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a score of A-. When nursing homes receive this kind of score in long-term care it is usually a good sign for resident care and indicates that the nursing home is well-staffed with nurses and aids. One of the datapoints we considered on top of nursing hours was vaccinations. This facility administered the pneumonia vaccination to 99.324326 percent of its patients. Vaccination is a proven 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. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

The final area we scored is short-term care. We awarded this nursing home one of our more favorable scores in this category, with a B. Even though this was not as strong as some of this nursing home's other scores, it is nevertheless a perfectly acceptable grade. Our short-term care grades are thought to be more critical for patients requiring rehabilitation from their nursing home. Rehabilitation usually requires more skilled nursing. Skilled nursing means not merely nursing services, but also physical and speech therapy, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 4.7 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Elm Crest Retirement Community Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care limits the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents that had falls which caused severe injury. This is one of the statistics we use in computing our nursing scores.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percent of patients who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely the result of facilities with lower levels of hygiene. Additional nurse staffing can reduce the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. We want to point out that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that facilities have incongruent reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percentage of residents prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many patients, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This figure gauges the percentage of long-term care patients taking antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 4.77% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients showing symptoms of depression. Some believe that this is a reliable measure of resident quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A-minus

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 94.58% of Patients

Measures the percent of long-term patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 16.85% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and bathing. Some would argue that this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 20.59% Percentage of Residents

This metric tracks the percentage of long-term stay patients that remained mobile levels. Many argue that the ability to move around is important for residents' physical and mental well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the overall quality of long-term care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: F

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 11.44 Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to measure patient care during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-plus

In Elm Crest Retirement Community, 79.44% Percentage of Resident

This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term residents who saw functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Myrtue Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 0.06 miles away1213 Garfield Avenue Harlan Iowa 51537Voluntary non-profit - Other(712) 755-5161

Nearby Dialysis

  • Harlan Dialysis0.13 miles away1213 Garfield Avenue Harlan Iowa 51537Dialysis Stations: 6 (712) 755-4257