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Wesley Acres

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

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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Wesley Acres's website

3520 Grand Avenue,
Des Moines IA 50312

(515) 271-6500

84.62% estimated occupancy 1

Wesley Acres is an average-sized nursing home located in Des Moines, Iowa. This is a good nursing home with a B- overall grade. This grade is right in line with the city grade in Des Moines. Based on our ratings, this facility likely wouldn't be a bad choice. The best part of this place's report card is is its inspection score. Inspection reports are discussed in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

We want to point out that this facility really outperformed its overall grade in the area of inspections. In fact, it received a nearly flawless government inspection report this year. As a result, we gave it one of our highest scores in that area with an A-. Arguably the most significant factor we look at in determining our inspection grades is deficiencies. Deficiencies are found on a facility's inspection reports. Places with higher scores in this category typically avoided the more severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. This place received 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This indicates that the inspectors didn't deem any of these deficiencies to pose an imminent risk to resident health or safety. Remember that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in this industry.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

This nursing home also received a strong grade in our nursing category. We awarded this nursing home an above average grade of B in this area. Nursing scores are mostly based on the facility's nurse staffing. This facility provided 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a facility has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can typically be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This nursing home was awarded its next highest category score in the area of short-term care. We awarded this facility a grade of B- in this category, which is a decent grade. In forming these short-term care ratings, we look at the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The goal is to create a barometer for comparing the rehabilitation services of nursing homes. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like this nursing home provided data regarding its registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. The last statistic we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients that ultimately returned home from the nursing home. We found that just 4.7 percent of this facility's residents returned home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

The next category we analyzed was long-term care, which is this facility's weakest area. We awarded this facility a D in that category. Sadly, this score pulled down the nursing home's overall grade a bit. For patients looking for a permanent place to live rather than rehabilitation, long-term care grades are a key measure. In addition to assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. Fortunately, this nursing home administered the vaccine to 96.65072 percent of its patients, which is an above average total. To our surprise, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home had fewer hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. Sadly, some of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Wesley Acres Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Wesley Acres, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percent of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: C

In Wesley Acres, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of residents that have had a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are often the result of poor nursing care. Better nursing protocols limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Wesley Acres, 3.09% of Patients had UTIs

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term stay residents which have had UTI's. UTI's may be an indicator of a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this datapoint could be misleading for certain nursing homes due to different reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Wesley Acres, 16.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These medications are used for treating a variety of conditions, such as dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Wesley Acres, 18.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This measures the percent of long-term stay patients which are prescribed antianxiety medication. These medications are prescribed to patients suffering from depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Wesley Acres, 4.48% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients exhibiting signs of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Wesley Acres, 94.58% of Patients

This indicates the percent of patients that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-minus

In Wesley Acres, 16.82% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and taking a bath. Many argue that this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Wesley Acres, 19.24% Percentage of Residents

Measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who were able to retain mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B

In Wesley Acres, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is important to maintaining the physical well-being of nursing home patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Wesley Acres, 19.24 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the health of patients.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-plus

In Wesley Acres, 11.86 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.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-minus

In Wesley Acres, 79.45% Percentage of Resident

This tells you the percent of short-term stay patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

Scores for Des Moines, IA

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

Looking for more options? Des Moines, Iowa has 11 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Iowa Methodist Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 1.71 miles away1200 Pleasant Street Des Moines Iowa 50309Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 241-6212
  • Mercyone Des Moines Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 2.31 miles away1111 6th Ave Des Moines Iowa 50314Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 247-3121
  • Broadlawns Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 2.52 miles away1801 Hickman Road Des Moines Iowa 50314Government - Local(515) 282-2200
  • Iowa Lutheran HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 3.02 miles away700 East University Avenue Des Moines Iowa 50316Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 263-5612

Nearby Dialysis

  • Central Des Moines Dialysis1.6 miles away1215 Pleasant #106 Des Moines Iowa 50309Dialysis Stations: 20 (515) 241-5715
  • Riverpoint Dialysis Unit2.4 miles away501 Sw 7th St Ste B Des Moines Iowa 50309Dialysis Stations: 16 (515) 283-1300
  • Fmc - Mercy2.71 miles away95 University Ste. 11 Des Moines Iowa 50314Dialysis Stations: 21 (515) 244-0379
  • Davita Windsor Heights Dialysis2.96 miles away1119 73rd St Windsor Heights Iowa 50324Dialysis Stations: 12 (515) 274-9303
  • East Des Moines Dialysis3.2 miles away1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 208 Des Moines Iowa 50316Dialysis Stations: 16 (515) 262-5995
  • Fmc - Dialysis Services Des Moines South4.57 miles away6651 Sw 9th St Des Moines Iowa 50315Dialysis Stations: 19 (515) 285-3032
  • West Des Moines Dialysis7.18 miles away6800 Lake Dr #185 West Des Moines Iowa 50266Dialysis Stations: 10 (515) 221-2944
  • Ankeny Dialysis12.21 miles away2625 N Ankeny Blvd Ankeny Iowa 50023Dialysis Stations: 12 (515) 963-3174