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The Bridges at Ankeny

  • Nursing Home
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A-plus
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The Bridges at Ankeny's website

3510 Northwest Abilene Road,
Ankeny IA 50023

(515) 963-9815

88.14% estimated occupancy 1

The Bridges at Ankeny is one of four available facilities located in Ankeny, Iowa. With an A+ overall grade, we ranked this facility in the top five percent of all nursing homes in the country. We really can not say enough good things about this facility. One of the major highlights of this nursing home's exemplary profile is its inspection rating. Inspection reports are discussed in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • Has Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Palliative Care
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Bariatric Care
  • Optometry
  • Audiology
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Awards

Top Nursing Home in Iowa badge

Top Nursing Home in Iowa Awards 2021

Best Nursing Home in Ankeny, Iowa badge

Best Nursing Home in Ankeny, Iowa Awards 2021

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

To pair with its favorable overall score, we gave this facility an A+ for our inspection category. Inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can learn more about each of these items by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This nursing home received 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This indicates that the government inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies 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.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-plus

Another reason we assessed this nursing home so favorably is that it was given an A+ short-term care grade. This is flat out as good as it gets in this area. Short-term care scores are crucial for people looking for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually utilizes additional skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes a vast scope of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last metric we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to return home from the facility. We found that 6.8 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-plus

Another reason we rated this nursing home so highly is that it received an A+ nursing grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this category. When calculating our nursing scores, we look at both staffing levels and the training levels of the nurses. This facility provided 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as employing a system of moving patients at least once a day.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

Turning to our final area, this nursing home also performed well in our long-term care category. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A- in that area. This wrapped up truly elite profile. When facilities receive a score in this range in this category it typically means it has plenty of staff and is an overall good place to live on a permanent basis. In addition to assessing the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its residents. Vaccines are vital to keeping patients healthy. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

The Bridges at Ankeny Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This statistic gauges the percent of long-term care residents who developed pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a great indicator of the quality of nursing care a facility provides.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-minus

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure tells you the percentage of long-term residents that experienced falls resulting in major injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be an indicator of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are linked to insufficient hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are prescribed to patients for a variety of medical conditions, including cognitive disorders. Unfortunately, in some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-plus

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This datapoint tells you the percent of long-term residents taking antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-minus

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 4.48% of Patients

This is the percentage of patients showing depressive symptoms. High levels of depression may be an indicator a lower level of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 94.58% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term residents who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-minus

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 16.82% Percentage of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term care patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and using the bathroom. Many would argue this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 19.24% Percentage of Residents

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term patients that remained mobile levels.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital is critical to the physical well-being of nursing home patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-minus

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 11.86 Percentage of Patients

This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-plus

In The Bridges at Ankeny, 79.45% Percentage of Resident

This is a measure of the percent of short-term care patients that saw functional improvements.

Scores for Ankeny, IA

  • Overall Rating has a grade of A-minus
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of A-minus
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of A-plus

Looking for more options? Ankeny, Iowa has 3 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Broadlawns Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 10 miles away1801 Hickman Road Des Moines Iowa 50314Government - Local(515) 282-2200
  • Iowa Lutheran HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 11.04 miles away700 East University Avenue Des Moines Iowa 50316Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 263-5612
  • Mercyone Des Moines Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 11.06 miles away1111 6th Ave Des Moines Iowa 50314Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 247-3121
  • Iowa Methodist Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 11.67 miles away1200 Pleasant Street Des Moines Iowa 50309Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 241-6212
  • Mary Greeley Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 18.89 miles away1111 Duff Avenue Ames Iowa 50010Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 239-2011
  • Story County HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 19.76 miles away640 South 19th Street Nevada Iowa 50201Government - Local(515) 382-2111

Nearby Dialysis

  • Ankeny Dialysis1.66 miles away2625 N Ankeny Blvd Ankeny Iowa 50023Dialysis Stations: 12 (515) 963-3174
  • East Des Moines Dialysis10.95 miles away1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 208 Des Moines Iowa 50316Dialysis Stations: 16 (515) 262-5995
  • Fmc - Mercy11.02 miles away95 University Ste. 11 Des Moines Iowa 50314Dialysis Stations: 21 (515) 244-0379
  • Central Des Moines Dialysis11.74 miles away1215 Pleasant #106 Des Moines Iowa 50309Dialysis Stations: 20 (515) 241-5715
  • Davita Windsor Heights Dialysis11.92 miles away1119 73rd St Windsor Heights Iowa 50324Dialysis Stations: 12 (515) 274-9303
  • Riverpoint Dialysis Unit12.04 miles away501 Sw 7th St Ste B Des Moines Iowa 50309Dialysis Stations: 16 (515) 283-1300
  • West Des Moines Dialysis14.55 miles away6800 Lake Dr #185 West Des Moines Iowa 50266Dialysis Stations: 10 (515) 221-2944
  • Fmc - Dialysis Services Des Moines South16.27 miles away6651 Sw 9th St Des Moines Iowa 50315Dialysis Stations: 19 (515) 285-3032