Heartland Care Center is a facility located in Marcus, Iowa, a city with a total of 1,685 people. Sporting an overall score of B+, this facility should work for most prospective residents. Based on the data we reviewed, you can do much worse than this nursing home. The best part of this facility's strong profile is its inspection rating. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section
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Heartland Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Catheter Care
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Top Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2019
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To go along with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A for our inspections rating. These inspection grades take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these items by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this facility had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G through L. This means that the government inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. The fact that none of the deficiencies were severe leaves us less concerned with this inspection report.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home performed well in the category of short-term care. In fact, we gave it a score of A- for that category, which happens to be one of our higher scores. In the area of short-term care, we seek to assess measures of a facility's rehabilitation. We analyze a nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses and physical therapists. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the number of patients who eventually returned home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.
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Another strong feature for this facility is that it received an impressive nursing grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of B+. Our nursing grade focuses on the facility's level of nurse staffing. We look at both the levels of licensure of the nurses and the amount of time spent with patients. This nursing home provides 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a facility has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can typically be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Long-term Care Quality
Turning to our last category, we awarded this nursing home a D for our long-term care category. This was the nursing home's weakest category score. Nevertheless, you should not dwell on a single weak area. Nursing homes that don't fare well in this category typically are not as well-staffed and are lagging in some of the areas of routine personal care we looked at. Once we looked at the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination records. Candidly, we were a bit alarmed this nursing home vaccinated 69 percent of its patients against pneumonia, which is quite a few points lower than what we were hoping for. To our surprise, this place was actually decent at keeping its patients out of the hospital. It had just 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. This is its best feature in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heartland Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heartland Care Center, 19.57% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heartland Care Center, 6% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay residents who have experienced a fall which resulted in major injury. This is one of the statistics we use in computing nursing grades.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heartland Care Center, 10.2% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of long-term patients which suffered from a UTI. UTI's may be a sign of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this statistic could be skewed for certain facilities due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heartland Care Center, 20.83% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many residents, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heartland Care Center, 32.14% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of residents who were prescribed antianxiety medications. These drugs are commonly given to patients experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heartland Care Center, 4.26% of Patients
This is the percent of residents who are demonstrating depressive symptoms. High levels of depression could imply a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heartland Care Center, 84.5% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heartland Care Center, 16.67% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and continence.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heartland Care Center, 15.78% of Residents
This tells you the percent of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.
In Heartland Care Center, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heartland Care Center, 15.78% of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Heartland Care Center, 95.36% of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term care residents that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many argue that this is a measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation performance.
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