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Northgate Care Center

  • Nursing Home
  • Home Health Agency
  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A
Oct 18: ANov 18: ADec 18: AJan 19: A-Feb 19: A-Mar 19: A-Apr 19: A-May 19: AJun 19: AJul 19: AAug 19: ASep 19: AJan 20: A+Mar 20: A+Apr 20: A+May 20: A+Jun 20: A+Jul 20: A+Aug 20: A+Sep 20: A+Oct 20: A+Jan 21: AFeb 21: AMar 21: AApr 21: AMay 21: AJun 21: AJul 21: AAug 21: ASep 21: AOct 21: ANov 21: AJan 22: A-Feb 22: A-Mar 22: A-Apr 22: AMay 22: AJun 22: A
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Northgate Care Center's website

960 4th Street Nw,
Waukon IA 52172

(563) 568-3493

68.2% estimated occupancy 1

With an address in Waukon, Iowa, Northgate Care Center is one of just a couple available facilities in this area. This facility is among the highest-graded facilities we looked at. This nursing home was given one of the most impressive scores we offer. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top 20 percent of all facilities nationally. We also gave this nursing home strong ratings in all four of the major categories we assessed. More information about these categories can be found below.

Quick Details

  • 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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Hemodialysis
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Laboratory
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Bariatric Care
  • Optometry
  • Audiology
  • Lymphedema Care
  • Aquatic Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A+

On top of being a first rate facility overall, this nursing home performed well in our inspections category, where it received a grade of A+. Very few nursing homes performed this well in this category. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in calculating these inspection ratings. One of those factors is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be quite minor. While this nursing home had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those labeled as categories G through L. This means that the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient 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 high-end long-term care score. This actually turned out to be this nursing home's second best category score. In that category, we awarded this facility a score of A-. Facilities that receive this type of grade in this category typically provide consistent around the clock care to make sure patients are well cared for. After considering the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 99.10714 percent of its patients against pneumonia. Vaccines are critical to keeping residents out of the hospital. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-minus

Adding to its impressive resume, this nursing home also excelled in our nursing category. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A- for that category. We analyzed the skill-level of nurses working for the nursing home, in addition to the number of hours those nurses were with residents, in calculating our grade in this category. This nursing home averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This place performed very well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

The next category we rated was short-term care. In that area, we gave this facility an above average grade of B. In calculating these short-term care grades, we look at the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The purpose is to create a measure for comparing the rehabilitation services of various nursing homes. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we considered the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Northgate Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Northgate Care Center, 6.13% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percent of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: D

In Northgate Care Center, 3.72% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of patients that have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are routinely linked to lower levels of patient supervision. Additional nurse staffing minimizes the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A-minus

In Northgate Care Center, 2.97% of Patients had UTIs

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay residents who have experienced UTI's. UTI's may be an indicator of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this metric could also be misleading for some nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

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

This indicates the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. These medications are used for several medical conditions, including cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: D

In Northgate Care Center, 18.76% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric gauges the percent of long-term residents that are administered antianxiety drugs. These medications are given to residents suffering from depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Northgate Care Center, 4.77% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of residents who are showing signs of depression. High rates of depression may imply lower quality care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Northgate Care Center, 94.58% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-minus

In Northgate Care Center, 16.85% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-minus

In Northgate Care Center, 20.59% Percentage of Residents

This is the percent of patients who retained mobility levels over time. Preserving mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Northgate Care Center, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. There is a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of long-term care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Northgate Care Center, 20.59 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-minus

In Northgate Care Center, 79.44% Percentage of Resident

This is a measure of the percent of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some argue this is a measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Veterans Memorial HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 0.89 miles away40 1st Street Se Waukon Iowa 52172Government - Local(563) 568-3411
  • Winneshiek Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 14.66 miles away901 Montgomery Street Decorah Iowa 52101Government - Local(563) 382-2911

Nearby Dialysis

  • Mayo Clinic Hosp-Dyls14.66 miles away901 Montgomery St. Decorah Iowa 52101Dialysis Stations: 4 (563) 382-1961