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Karen Acres Care Center

Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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3605 Elm Drive,
Urbandale IA 50322

(515) 276-4969

95.71% estimated occupancy 1

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.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • Has Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

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

Grade: A-minus

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.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

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

Grade: B-plus

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.

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

Karen Acres Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

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

Grade: C

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

Grade: D

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

Grade: A+

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

Grade: A-minus

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

Grade: B-plus

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

Grade: A

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

Grade: D

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

Grade: A

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.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

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

Grade: D

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

Grade: A

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.

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

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