Karen Acres Care Center is a small nursing home located in Urbandale, Iowa. This facility was awarded an A- overall, which is among the top scores that we offer. A grade of this caliber requires superb scores across the board. We can not find many bad things to say about this facility. Its scores are as good as they get. This nursing home's strong report card was highlighted by its inspection rating, which you can find in the next section.
Karen Acres Care Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn
3605 Elm Drive,
Urbandale IA 50322
95.71% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
On top of faring well overall, this nursing home earned a nearly flawless inspection report. Consequently, it earned one of our best scores in that category with a grade of A+. Our inspection grades are tied to many pieces of information found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that score well in this area tend to have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these places generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. Fortunately, although this nursing home had a few minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you the government inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
Contributing to its strong resume, this facility also was awarded a strong long-term care grade, with a score of A-. Long-term care ratings of this caliber generally require both around the clock care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. In addition to looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients, which is much higher than the majority of nursing homes. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
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Another one of this facility's impressive category grades came in the area of nursing care. We awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with a grade of B+. Our nursing rating analyzes quite a few subcategories, most of which are associated with quantities of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 2.6 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place Iowa in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can typically be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by having a system of moving patients more frequently.
Short-term Care Quality
In our last area, we gave this nursing home a A+ for our short-term care grade. This completed a very impressive report card. With our short-term care rating, we attempt to create a valuable barometer for rehabilitation services. In this process, we look at a nursing home's levels of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. When we assessed this facility's nursing hours, we found it offered more care from registered nurses than most nursing homes. The final datapoint we assessed in this category is the number of patients who were able to return home from the facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Karen Acres Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Karen Acres Care Center, 6.08% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care can limit the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Karen Acres Care Center, 3.74% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents which had a fall leading to serious injury. This is one of the statistics we use in calculating our nursing ratings.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Karen Acres Care Center, 2.94% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay residents who have experienced UTI's. While more of these infections could reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare different facilities due to varying reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Karen Acres Care Center, 16.71% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure gauges the percentage of long-term stay residents taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Karen Acres Care Center, 18.64% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Karen Acres Care Center, 4.84% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients showing depressive symptoms. Higher levels of depression may be an indicator lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Karen Acres Care Center, 94.37% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Karen Acres Care Center, 16.8% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and using the bathroom. Some would argue that this is a reasonable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Karen Acres Care Center, 20.56% Percentage of Residents
This is the percent of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Karen Acres Care Center, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Karen Acres Care Center, 20.56 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Karen Acres Care Center, 11.28 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the emergency room and the overall quality of rehabilitation.
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