Northgate Care Center is a small nursing home located in Waukon, Iowa. This is a great facility. We gave this it an overall grade of B+, which is a well above average rating. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top third of all nursing homes in the United States. This place was stronger in some categories than others, but it didn't have any poor grades in any of our major categories discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.
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Northgate Care Center
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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- No Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Peritoneal Dialysis
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Bariatric Care
- Lymphedema Care
- Aquatic Therapy
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Best Nursing Home in Waukon, Iowa Awards 2019
Top Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Waukon, Iowa Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Waukon, Iowa Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
One of the many reasons this turned out to be a quality nursing home is that it received an A+ inspection grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this critical category. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing these inspection scores. One of those factors is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of these deficiencies is usually more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some of these end up being quite insignificant. Although this nursing home had some deficiencies on its report, none of them were severe based on CMS' scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
Contributing to its profile, this facility also received a grade of B+ for its long-term care rating. This is a well above average score in this category. Nursing homes that do well in this category tend to be well-staffed and offer extensive hands on care to residents. After looking at the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is much higher than the average nursing home. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
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Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home received a strong short-term care score as well. We awarded it one of our better scores in that category with a grade of B. Short-term care grades are commonly employed to judge a nursing home's rehabilitation services To have good rehabilitation services, facilities generally must have higher levels of highly skilled nursing. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and other highly skilled individuals. Unfortunately, we were not able to find registered nurse or physical therapy staffing data for this facility. The last datapoint we looked at in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return home. We discovered that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
The final category we scored is nursing. In this category, we gave this facility a solid grade of B-. This ended up being this nursing home's worst area. Our nursing rating considers a host of subcategories. The most heavily weighted variable is the amount of time nurses spend with patients. This facility provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident daily. This is a low total compared with most nursing homes. Lastly, despite not having the highest total nursing hours, this nursing home actually performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is usually a good indicator that a nursing home has quality controls in place.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Northgate Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Northgate Care Center, 6.16% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Northgate Care Center, 3.87% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of residents that suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Falls are routinely the result of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Northgate Care Center, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often the result of poor nursing care. More frequent bathing can limit the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Note that this datapoint is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Northgate Care Center, 17.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint is an indication of the percent of long-term patients taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to confirm 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 drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Northgate Care Center, 19.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety medications are given to patients experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Northgate Care Center, 4.67% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents who are exhibiting signs of depression. High levels of depression may be an indicator a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Northgate Care Center, 93.67% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Northgate Care Center, 17.07% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of the decline of a resident's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Northgate Care Center, 16.9% Percentage of Residents
This is the percent of patients who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Northgate Care Center, 1.48 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care. There is usually a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the overall quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Northgate Care Center, 16.9 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Northgate Care Center, 12.73 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Northgate Care Center, 77.73% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term stay residents that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with ADL's often correlates with successful rehabilitation services.
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