Iowa

Key Findings

  • Iowa’s nursing home care languished once again, maintaining a failing grade while the state’s ranking dropped from #41 to #46.
  • Dangerous conditions became more prevalent in Iowa’s nursing homes as severe deficiencies swelled 7 percent over the last year.
  • Nine in ten Iowa nursing homes were cited one or more deficiencies.
  • Iowa’s nursing home residents continued to have a difficult time getting much needed help from caregivers; residents received fewer than 2 hours and 25 minutes of direct care per day.
  • Iowa’s nursing homes remain riddled with problems as the ombudsman program investigated and verified an overwhelming percentage of registered complaints.
  • Iowa is one of two failing states in the Central Plains region and is the lowest ranked state in direct staffing hours and percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies.

News Release

Criteria2014
Data
2014
Grade
2014
Rank
2013
Rank
2013
Grade
2013
Data
Direct Care Staffing Above Average68.33%D34 33D57.67%
Direct Care Staffing Hours per Resident2.37D37 41F2.26
Facilities With Deficiencies91.86%C26 45F97.07%
Facilities With Severe Deficiencies30.54%F46 34D23.70%
Health Inspections Above Average42.76%C21 11B35.44%
Professional Nurse Staffing Above Average73.53%C23 23C63.95%
Professional Nursing Hours per Resident1.36F46 37D0.72
Verified Ombudsman Complaints86.68%D40 45F94.68%