Fountain West Health Center is one of four facilities located in West Des Moines, Iowa. We awarded this nursing home an overall grade of C. A score in this range requires some respectable scores. At the end of the day, this place is a solid choice for quite a few people. This place did not meet our expectations in all of our categories, but it did not receive any rock-bottom grades either. Additional information about these categories can be found below.
Fountain West Health Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
1501 Office Park Road,
West Des Moines IA 50265
44.92% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
While this nursing home's overall grade was decent, it really fared well in the category of inspections. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A- for that category, which is one of our best scores. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in computing these inspection ratings. One critical factor is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some can be relatively insignificant. While this nursing home had a few minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G through L. This means the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. A couple of minor deficiencies shouldn't lead you to cross a nursing home off your list.
Short-term Care Quality
We also gave this nursing home a strong score in short-term care. This nursing home received a B in this category, which happens to be one of our more favorable grades. In forming these short-term care grades, we look at the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our objective is to devise a measure for sizing up the rehabilitation services of nursing homes. One reason for this facility's strong score in this category is that it provides a greater volume of physical therapist hours to its residents than the average nursing home. Lastly, we looked at the number of patients who were able to return home from this nursing home. On top of excelling in the area of physical therapy, we found that it performed as well as just about any nursing home in the country with 63.1 percent of its patients returning home.
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We also gave this nursing home a decent score in the category of nursing care, with a grade of C. There are numerous datapoints included in this category. Most of the datapoints are tied to levels of nurse staffing. This facility provided 3.6 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based measures, such as avoiding major falls. This facility performed admirably in this statistic. Avoiding serious falls is generally a good indicator that a facility has quality controls in place. Some falls can be avoided if a nursing home offers enough nurses aids to assist its residents.
Long-term Care Quality
Turning to the next category, we awarded this nursing home a D in our long-term care category. This is the nursing home's worst category score. For residents looking for a permanent residence rather than skilled nursing, long-term care is a very important category. After assessing the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we then looked at the facility's vaccination data. This nursing home vaccinated 98.5 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is more than the average nursing home. Surprisingly, this nursing home was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had just 1.15 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. Sadly, a few of its other scores in this category weren't 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, 6.08% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin resulting from staying in the same position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Fountain West Health Center, 3.74% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of nursing care . Major falls leading to injury are routinely the result of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Fountain West Health Center, 2.94% of Patients had UTIs
This figure tells you the percentage of long-term patients who have experienced UTI's. UTI's may be an indication of lower quality nursing care. However, this statistic can be misleading for some nursing homes due to different reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Fountain West Health Center, 16.71% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric tells you the percent of long-term patients which were given antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a facility is using these medications to subdue residents in situations where such medications are not medically required. However, some facilities need to rely more on these drugs due to an increased number of residents suffering from dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Fountain West Health Center, 18.64% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Fountain West Health Center, 4.84% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients showing signs of depression. Increased levels of depression may be a sign a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Fountain West Health Center, 94.37% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Fountain West Health Center, 16.8% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and using the bathroom. Some experts would argue that this is a reasonable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Fountain West Health Center, 20.56% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who retained mobility levels. Many argue that the ability to move around is vital to patients physical and mental health.
In Fountain West Health Center, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric tracks the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Fountain West Health Center, 20.56 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical abilities of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Fountain West Health Center, 11.28 Percentage of Patients
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, 79.5% Percentage of Resident
This metric measures the percent of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements.
Scores for West Des Moines, IA
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B-minus
- 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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