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Nursing Home Cited for Resident Abuse, Other Serious Violations

Montrose Health Center in Lee County is again being cited and fined for serious violations due to inadequate resident care. The Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing (DIAL) has proposed fines against the facility totaling $44,250 for numerous violations. New Citations Against Montrose Health Center The most recent violations…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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98 Deaths of Seniors Wandering From Assisted Living Facilities

Between 2018 and late 2023, the Washington Post found 98 incidents involving cognitively impaired seniors who wandered from their assisted-living facilities, or were left unattended outside, and died. Reporters from The Post compiled the list using state inspection reports, reports from local media, police reports and legal records. Even though…

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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…

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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…

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Balance Autism Cited; Residents Were Put in Immediate Jeopardy

Balance Autism in central Iowa is an intermediate level facility that treats and cares for adults with autism. Following a state inspection last January, however, the facility came under fire after being cited for 18 regulatory violations. These violations also resulted in a $5,000 fine against the facility. Situations observed…

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