Nursing Homes and Elder Rights

blog PKSD

CMS Designates Three More Iowa Nursing Homes as Eligible for Special-Focus Facilities List

Three Iowa nursing homes have been designated as being eligible candidates for a national list. Unfortunately, the facilities on this list were not designated as a distinction of honor. Rather, the list these facilities are considered among the nation’s worse. As such, they have been added to the list of…

Read More

Iowa Nursing Homes Face Staffing Challenges Amid New Federal Rule

A new report from the Long-Term Care Community Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group, has highlighted critical staffing issues in Medicare-certified nursing homes across Iowa. This report reveals that a significant portion of the state’s facilities are not ready to meet upcoming federal staffing mandates. The detailed analysis, drawing on the…

Read More

New Federal Rule Mandates Minimum Nursing Home Staffing Ratios

The federal government recently announced the implementation of new staffing requirements for nursing homes across the country. The new rule is significant as it marks the first time any federal minimum staffing standard has been set. The government plans to roll out these regulations in phases over the next few…

Read More

Critical Failures at Two Nursing Homes Result in Resident Deaths

The Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals and Licensing recently cited two nursing homes for safety failures. These failures impacted safety at the facility and ultimately contributed to the deaths of residents in their care. The Perry Lutheran Home in Dallas County and the Stacyville Community Nursing Home in Mitchell County…

Read More

Former Administrator of Troubled Nursing Home Surrenders License

Tara Behrendsen, the former administrator of a troubled Iowa nursing home, has voluntarily surrendered her license. The facility where Behrendsen was employed, Aspire of Gowrie in Webster County, was assessed with multiple serious violations following a 2022 state inspection. These violations included: Failure to provide a safe environment for residents…

Read More

Resident’s Death Highlights Understaffing, Other Problems in Iowa’s Nursing Home Industry

The death of Leslie Wells at an Iowa assisted living facility is yet another example of the ongoing care crisis in Iowa’s nursing homes. Axios Des Moines reports Wells died in 2021 just four months after transferring to Deerfield assisted living facility. Her husband, Sam Wells, decided to initiate the…

Read More

A Man Living in a Nursing Home Was Suddenly Evicted and Homeless

Steven Block is a 70-year-old man who was sent to recover from a broken hip and shoulder in a Taos Healthcare nursing home. The facility, while noted for having a view of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, is poorly rated for its quality of care by the government. According…

Read More

Story City Nursing Home Cited for Staffing Issues That Led to a Death

Staffing issues have once again contributed to the death of a nursing home resident. This latest incident occurred at an Iowa nursing home. Bethany Life, a care facility in Story City, was cited for failing to provide proper supervision of a resident who needed help with his meals. This citation…

Read More

The Crisis in Iowa Nursing Homes: Urgent Need for Staffing Reform

Understaffing in nursing homes has been a nationwide issue for decades. Inadequate staffing leads to negligence, poor quality care and other serious errors that put the safety and well-being of residents at risk. In recent years, staffing shortages have become an escalating issue. Iowa’s long-term care facilities currently have some…

Read More

Two Iowa Nursing Home Residents Died After Staff Failed to Attempt CPR

On January 18, an aide working at Aspire of Donnellson found a male resident at 5:15 a.m. with no vital signs. Although he appeared lifeless, the aide reported the man still felt warm when he was first discovered. The aide sought help to determine whether someone should attempt CPR. However,…

Read More

Back to top