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Prairie Estates Care Center

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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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600 South Franklin St Post Office Box 486,
Elk Point SD 57025

(605) 356-2622

126.15% estimated occupancy 1

Prairie Estates Care Center is in Elk Point, South Dakota. This nursing home received an A- overall, which is one of our best grades. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it in the top quarter of all facilities in the United States. This nursing home also received strong grades in all of the major categories we assessed. More information about these categories can be found below.

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Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy


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Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2022)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

On top of receiving a great overall rating, this facility also earned an A+ inspection grade. This score is based on its recent inspection reports. An A+ in this category is one of the best complements we can offer a nursing home. Inspection ratings weigh several factors included in a facility's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we weigh heavily is the number and severity of deficiencies. Places with higher grades in this area typically have few of these severe deficiencies. This place was hit with 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This indicates that CMS didn't deem any of these deficiencies to pose an immediate risk to resident safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

This facility also was given a high-end short-term care grade. Indeed, this ended up being this facility's second most impressive category grade. In that category, we gave this facility a score of A-. Our short-term care grade is commonly employed to grade a facility's rehabilitation services. To offer highly graded rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally need to feature higher levels of highly skilled nursing. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we considered the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

The third category we assessed was long-term care. Contributing to its first-rate resume, this nursing home also performed well in this area. In fact, we awarded it a of A- for the area. For prospective patients looking for a permanent residence as opposed to skilled nursing, long-term care grades are a key measure. After we finished looking at the quantity of nursing care, we turned to the facility's vaccination record. This facility vaccinated 64.28571 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

The next area we assessed is nursing. We awarded this facility one of our better grades in this category, with a grade of B. While this wasn't on par with many of this facility's other scores, it is nevertheless a fine score. The nursing rating is based on a handful of factors, most of which are tied to quantities of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at certain nursing quality-based metrics in computing our nursing grades. These include minimizing residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We look at these data points as good measures of the quality of nursing care being provided, since better care tends to reduce these problems.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Dec 23

Prairie Estates Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: C

In Prairie Estates Care Center, 10% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care reduces the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: F

In Prairie Estates Care Center, 12.5% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure indicates the percent of long-term residents who suffered a fall resulting in serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be an indication of lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Prairie Estates Care Center, 0% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percent of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a barometer of nursing care . UTI's are routinely associated with a facility with lower levels of hygiene. Nevertheless, this metric may be misleading for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: C

In Prairie Estates Care Center, 21.43% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many residents, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used appropriately. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A+

In Prairie Estates Care Center, 0% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This gauges the percent of long-term stay residents who are given antianxiety medication. These medications are typically given to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Prairie Estates Care Center, 9.62% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term stay patients showing symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Prairie Estates Care Center, 82.14% of Patients

This tells you the percent of residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Prairie Estates Care Center, 14.29% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's may be a sign of erosion of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Prairie Estates Care Center, 16.13% of Residents

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who retained mobility levels.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Prairie Estates Care Center, 16.13% of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical abilities of patients.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: C

In Prairie Estates Care Center, 69.01% of Resident

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

Nearby Hospitals

  • Sanford Vermillion HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 13.45 miles away20 South Plum Street Vermillion South Dakota 57069Voluntary non-profit - Private(605) 677-3500
  • St Lukes Regional Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 18.33 miles away2720 Stone Park Boulevard Sioux City Iowa 51104Voluntary non-profit - Private(712) 279-3500
  • Mercy Medical Center-Sioux CityAcute Care Hospitals 19.59 miles away801 5th St Sioux City Iowa 51101Voluntary non-profit - Private(712) 279-2010

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Medical Care Dakota Dunes, LLC16.98 miles away357 W Tower Rd North Sioux City South Dakota 57049Dialysis Stations: 5 (605) 232-1901
  • Fmc Midwest Dialysis18.76 miles away4000 Indian Hills Dr Sioux City Iowa 51108CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 16 (712) 239-4333