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Willowbrook in Newton among 26 nursing homes in Iowa with deficiency-free inspections

DES MOINES — Willowbrook Adult Day Services in Newton is among 26 Iowa nursing homes, assisted-living programs and adult day services that received a letter of recognition from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) for deficiency-free/regulatory insufficiency-free inspections conducted in May and June.

“These facilities and programs should be recognized for the quality of care and service they provide to their residents and tenants,” DIA Director Dean Lerner said.

Fifteen nursing facilities, nine assisted-living programs and two adult day services passed their inspection without any identified health care issues, Lerner explained.

“The quality of care being provided to the residents, tenants and clients serves as a model for all of Iowa’s health care providers,” he said.

“Iowans are fortunate in that our state has many wonderful health care providers, including long-term care facilities, adult day services, and assisted living programs,” Lerner said. “Historically, approximately 12 percent of Iowa’s long-term care facilities and 20 percent of our assisted living programs pass their health services inspections with flying colors.”

DIA’s Health Facilities Division is responsible for licensing or certifying more than 1,000 nursing facilities, residential care facilities, intermediate care facilities, assisted living programs, elder group homes, and adult day service centers. Long-term care facilities are routinely surveyed on an annual basis, while assisted living programs are inspected once every two years under Iowa law.

During their inspections, surveyors and monitors from the Health Facilities Division review the quality of care and services provided to the residents, tenants and clients. Inspectors also review the policies and procedures used by the facilities and programs in their day-to-day operations. Identified problems (called deficiencies in nursing homes and regulatory insufficiencies in assisted living programs) are expected to be remedied and plans of correction developed to prevent further issues.

Other facilities and programs in addition to Willowbrook that received a deficiency-free or regulatory insufficiency-free letter from the department included Ninth Street Group Home in Charles City, Evergreen Estates III in Cedar Rapids, Behavioral Technologies-Diehl in Des Moines, Behavioral Technologies in Oakwood and Pleasant Hill, Behavioral Technologies-43rd in Des Moines, Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque and Dyersville, Bettendorf Health Care Center in Bettendorf, Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Mosaic-Arthur in Des Moines, Childserve-Urbandale in Urbandale, Behavioral Technologies-Porter in Des Moines, Southview Group Home in Indianola, REM Iowa-Daleview in Marion, Scenic Acres in St. Olaf, Ashford Estate Home in Fort Dodge, SunnyBrook of Fort Madison in Fort Madison, Cresco Assisted Living in Cresco, Martina Place in Johnston, Garnett Place in Cedar Rapids, Prairie Hills in Tipton, Ballard Creek in Huxley, John’s Harbor Memory Loss Center in Des Moines, Wesley Adult Day Services in Des Moines, Greenfield Manor in Greenfield and Heritage House in Atlantic.

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals posts reports from all inspections and complaint investigations conducted at nursing homes and assisted living programs on its Nursing Home Report Card Web site at https://dia-hfd.iowa.gov/DIA_HFD/Home.do.

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