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Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights's website

4911 Sw 19th Street,
Des Moines IA 50315

(515) 285-2559

65.5% estimated occupancy 1

Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights is an average-sized nursing home located in Des Moines, Iowa. We gave this facility an overall grade of D. A grade in this range typically suggests some red flags. This is one of the five worst rated facilities in Des Moines based on the data we assessed. With many other nursing homes in the city, you should be able to do better. The best thing we can really say about this nursing home is that it did not receive any F's in in any of the major categories. Additional information about its category grades is available below.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Limited Liability company
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Bariatric Care
  • Colostomy Care

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility earned a respectable grade in the category of short-term care. We awarded it a B- for that category. Our short-term care ratings are crucial for people looking for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally mandates higher levels of highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means a wide scope of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Unfortunately, we found that this nursing home provided fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other nursing homes. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of residents who eventually returned home from this nursing home. We found that 5.7 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home. This figure was actually quite a bit below the national average.

Nurse Quality

Grade: C

We also awarded this facility a grade of C for our nursing rating. Our nursing score analyzes quite a few subcategories, however, the main consideration is the number of nurse hours per patient per week. This nursing home provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This is a low total compared with most facilities. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this nursing home actually fared better in some of the quality-based metrics we assessed. In fact, it performed well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care. In some cases, the quality of nursing care is every bit as important as the number of hours of care offered.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

Unfortunately, this facility's third best category is long-term care. However, with a grade of D in this area, it still performed somewhat badly. When nursing homes receive this kind of score in this category it is often a bad sign for resident care and it may mean that the facility is not as well-staffed with nurses and aids. After assessing the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination records. We were concerned by the fact that this nursing home vaccinated a relatively low 81.52174 percent of its residents against pneumonia. To our surprise, this facility was actually decent at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. This was its best score in this category.

Facility Inspections

Grade: D

Looking to our final category of inspections, we gave this nursing home a grade of just just D, which is a relatively poor grade. Our inspection grade is based on the facility's government inspection reports. Since this data is compiled by government inspectors, we place more weight on it in our overall grades. Our inspection grades weigh a host of factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we consider is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. This facility was hit with 8 deficiencies on its inspection report. The only favorable thing we found is that none of its deficiencies were in the categories that indicate that they posed a risk to resident safety or health. Lastly, we also need to point out that this nursing home received large government fines recently totaling over $100,000. This usually indicates that a nursing home's bad track record has been an issue for multiple years.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This metric gauges the percentage of long-term residents which developed pressure ulcers . We factor in this statistic in computing our nursing grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-minus

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percentage of residents who have had a major fall. Falls leading to serious injury are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls are routinely the result of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A-minus

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely caused by lower quality nursing care. Better nursing care can minimize the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Keep in mind that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have different reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are given to patients for many conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias. Tragically, in some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percentage of patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are generally prescribed to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 4.48% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents showing signs of depression. Many in the industry argue that this is a reliable measure of quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 94.58% of Patients

This is the percent of patients that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 16.82% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percentage of residents that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 19.24% Percentage of Residents

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who maintained mobility. Some experts argue that the ability to move around is important for patients health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: D

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is typically a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the overall quality of nursing home care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: C

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 11.86 Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to gauge patient care during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: D

In Via of Des Moines at Fleur Heights, 79.45% Percentage of Resident

This indicates the percent of short-term care residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of independence with activities of daily living generally correlates with better rehabilitation services.

Scores for Des Moines, IA

  • Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of B-plus

Looking for more options? Des Moines, Iowa has 11 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Iowa Methodist Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 3.62 miles away1200 Pleasant Street Des Moines Iowa 50309Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 241-6212
  • Mercyone Des Moines Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 4.29 miles away1111 6th Ave Des Moines Iowa 50314Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 247-3121
  • Iowa Lutheran HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 4.56 miles away700 East University Avenue Des Moines Iowa 50316Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 263-5612
  • Broadlawns Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 5.27 miles away1801 Hickman Road Des Moines Iowa 50314Government - Local(515) 282-2200

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fmc - Dialysis Services Des Moines South1.38 miles away6651 Sw 9th St Des Moines Iowa 50315Dialysis Stations: 19 (515) 285-3032
  • Riverpoint Dialysis Unit3.47 miles away501 Sw 7th St Ste B Des Moines Iowa 50309Dialysis Stations: 16 (515) 283-1300
  • Central Des Moines Dialysis3.53 miles away1215 Pleasant #106 Des Moines Iowa 50309Dialysis Stations: 20 (515) 241-5715
  • Fmc - Mercy4.45 miles away95 University Ste. 11 Des Moines Iowa 50314Dialysis Stations: 21 (515) 244-0379
  • East Des Moines Dialysis4.72 miles away1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 208 Des Moines Iowa 50316Dialysis Stations: 16 (515) 262-5995
  • Davita Windsor Heights Dialysis5.71 miles away1119 73rd St Windsor Heights Iowa 50324Dialysis Stations: 12 (515) 274-9303
  • West Des Moines Dialysis9.09 miles away6800 Lake Dr #185 West Des Moines Iowa 50266Dialysis Stations: 10 (515) 221-2944
  • Ankeny Dialysis14.97 miles away2625 N Ankeny Blvd Ankeny Iowa 50023Dialysis Stations: 12 (515) 963-3174