Fountain West Health Center is one of four available facilities in West Des Moines, Iowa. We awarded this facility an overall grade of B-. A grade in this range requires some solid scores. You can definitely do worse than this facility. The best part of this facility's report card is is its inspection grade. We discuss inspections in the next section.
Fountain West Health Center
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
The main reason this facility received a decent overall score is its excellent health inspections in recent years. We awarded it one of our higher grades in that category, with an A-. This is a much better score than the facility's overall grade, which was decent but not in the elite range. Our inspection scores weigh several factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we rely on is the number and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with higher scores in this category typically have very few of these severe deficiencies. Although this facility had some deficiencies on its report, none of them were serious based on CMS' deficiency scale. We should note that deficiency-free inspection reports are uncommon in the industry.
One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing score. In fact, nursing proved to be its second best category grade. In that category, we gave this nursing home an A-. There are a variety of subcategories included in this grade. Most of the subcategories relate to the quantity and quality of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facility's third most favorable area ended up being short-term care. In that area, we awarded this nursing home a C. Short-term care grades are critical for patients looking for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically mandates higher levels of highly-skilled nursing. Skilled nursing means a vast spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other types of therapy. We weren't able to locate registered nurse or physical therapy staffing data for this nursing home. The last metric we looked at in this area is the percentage of patients that who were able to eventually return home from the nursing home. We found that just 4.5 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home. Unfortunately, this was below average.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we looked at is long-term care, which ended up being this facility's weakest category. We awarded this facility a D in this category. Of course, this category pulled down the nursing home's overall profile to some degree. In a long-term care environment, the nursing home's primary objective is to keep patients as healthy and safe as possible. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate residents. On top of considering the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 97.54902 percent of its patients, which is better than the vast majority of nursing homes. To our surprise, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility has less hospitalizations than many nursing homes. Sadly, some of its other scores in the category were not as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Fountain West Health Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Fountain West Health Center, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols reduces the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Fountain West Health Center, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic gauges the percent of long-term stay patients who have had falls which caused serious injury. We use this statistic in calculating our nursing grades.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Fountain West Health Center, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often caused by worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this statistic could also be skewed for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Fountain West Health Center, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents prescribed antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to residents for many medical conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Sadly, in some cases, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Fountain West Health Center, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients given antianxiety medications. These medications are typically prescribed to residents suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Fountain West Health Center, 4.48% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients showing depressive symptoms. High rates of depression may be a sign worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Fountain West Health Center, 94.58% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Fountain West Health Center, 16.82% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Fountain West Health Center, 19.24% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who were able to retain mobility.
In Fountain West Health Center, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is critical to preserving the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Fountain West Health Center, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the hospital and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Fountain West Health Center, 11.86 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Fountain West Health Center, 79.45% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
Scores for West Des Moines, IA
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of D
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Inspection Rating has a grade of B-plus
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