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Karen Acres Care Center

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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Karen Acres Care Center's website

3605 Elm Drive,
Urbandale IA 50322

(515) 276-4969

90.85% estimated occupancy 1

Karen Acres Care Center is a small nursing home located in Urbandale, Iowa. We gave this nursing home an A- overall grade, ranking it in the top 25 percent of all nursing homes in the United States. Based on our ratings, this nursing home is just about as as good as it gets. Keep reading to see this nursing home's category grades, which are also strong. It's hard to poke holes in this nursing home's profile.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy

Awards

Best Nursing Home in Urbandale, Iowa badge

Best Nursing Home in Urbandale, Iowa Awards 2020

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

To go along with a strong overall grade, we gave this facility a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in calculating these inspection scores. One key factor is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of the deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies are relatively insignificant. This place received 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered severe. This means that the government inspectors didn't consider any of these deficiencies to pose an imminent threat to resident health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

This facility also was awarded a dominant long-term care grade. In fact, this ended up being its second best category grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of A-. Nursing homes that excel in this category tend to be well-staffed and offer extensive hands on care to patients. In addition to looking at the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 99.1453 percent of its patients, which is far higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this nursing home 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 figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

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 rating is primarily tied to a facility's nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.3 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 frequently be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

The final category we looked at is short-term care, in which this facility was awarded a B. Although this wound up being its lowest category rating, this is still an above average grade. Our short-term care grade is often employed to judge a nursing home's rehabilitation services. In order to provide highly graded rehabilitation services, facilities generally must feature higher levels of skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other types of therapists. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last datapoint we considered in this category is the percentage of patients that were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Karen Acres Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Karen Acres Care Center, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who have new or worsened pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a solid indicator of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: C

In Karen Acres Care Center, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Falls are often caused by poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Karen Acres Care Center, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs

This statistic indicates the percentage of long-term stay residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's may be an indication of worse hygiene protocols. However, this datapoint can be skewed for certain nursing homes due to different reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A+

In Karen Acres Care Center, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term care residents taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Karen Acres Care Center, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percent of patients who were given antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically prescribed to residents suffering from depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B

In Karen Acres Care Center, 4.48% of Patients

This is the percentage of patients who are exhibiting depressive symptoms. Increased levels of depression could reveal worse patient care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A-minus

In Karen Acres Care Center, 94.58% of Patients

Measures the percent of long-term care patients that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for seniors, making these vaccines vital to patient care.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: D

In Karen Acres Care Center, 16.82% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Karen Acres Care Center, 19.24% Percentage of Residents

This metric tracks the percentage of long-term stay patients that were able to retain mobility. Many would argue that the ability to move around is critical to residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Karen Acres Care Center, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric tracks the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is critical to the physical health of nursing home residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Karen Acres Care Center, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Karen Acres Care Center, 11.86 Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to measure patient care during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In Karen Acres Care Center, 79.45% Percentage of Resident

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of short-term stay residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry would argue that this is a reasonable measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Broadlawns Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 4.39 miles away1801 Hickman Road Des Moines Iowa 50314Government - Local(515) 282-2200
  • Iowa Methodist Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 5.36 miles away1200 Pleasant Street Des Moines Iowa 50309Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 241-6212
  • Mercyone Des Moines Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 5.46 miles away1111 6th Ave Des Moines Iowa 50314Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 247-3121
  • Iowa Lutheran HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 6.17 miles away700 East University Avenue Des Moines Iowa 50316Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 263-5612

Nearby Dialysis

  • Davita Windsor Heights Dialysis1.97 miles away1119 73rd St Windsor Heights Iowa 50324Dialysis Stations: 12 (515) 274-9303
  • West Des Moines Dialysis4.71 miles away6800 Lake Dr #185 West Des Moines Iowa 50266Dialysis Stations: 10 (515) 221-2944
  • Central Des Moines Dialysis5.32 miles away1215 Pleasant #106 Des Moines Iowa 50309Dialysis Stations: 20 (515) 241-5715
  • Fmc - Mercy5.84 miles away95 University Ste. 11 Des Moines Iowa 50314Dialysis Stations: 21 (515) 244-0379
  • Riverpoint Dialysis Unit6.21 miles away501 Sw 7th St Ste B Des Moines Iowa 50309Dialysis Stations: 16 (515) 283-1300
  • East Des Moines Dialysis6.27 miles away1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 208 Des Moines Iowa 50316Dialysis Stations: 16 (515) 262-5995
  • Fmc - Dialysis Services Des Moines South8.84 miles away6651 Sw 9th St Des Moines Iowa 50315Dialysis Stations: 19 (515) 285-3032
  • Ankeny Dialysis10.79 miles away2625 N Ankeny Blvd Ankeny Iowa 50023Dialysis Stations: 12 (515) 963-3174