Northern Mahaska Specialty Care receives Deficiency Free Survey

Northern Mahaska Specialty Care in Oskaloosa has received a “Deficiency Free” result on its January 2017 annual survey by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

The annual  survey, which is conducted over several days, covers over  500 quality, safety and performance issues such as medication management, proper skin care, assessment of resident’s needs, respect for residents rights and dignity, food service, environment and administration. The complete evaluation includes a tour of the facility, review of residents’ clinical records, and interviews with residents and family members about life and the care they are receiving.

With the increase in regulations, achieving the distinction of a “deficiency-free” survey is very prestigious. It means Northern Mahaska Specialty Care meets or exceeds all state and federal standards. 

“Our entire facility, including residents, staff, families and volunteers work together as a team to make Northern Mahaska Specialty Care a safe and comfortable living community. Our goal is to help people through life’s health transitions and we think we do a great job of that,” says Administrator Tabitha Tjaden.  “I am very proud of how the staff has come together as a team to give the highest quality of care to our residents.”

Northern Mahaska Specialty Care is a 63-bed skilled nursing facility offering rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care, long term care and hospice care. Northern Mahaska Specialty Care is owned and operated by West Des Moines-based Care Initiatives, Iowa’s largest not-for-profit skilled nursing care and senior care provider.  Care Initiatives and Care Initiatives Hospice operate 50 skilled nursing, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s/dementia, assisted living and hospice locations throughout Iowa. For more information about Care Initiatives or Northern Mahaska Specialty Care, visit or call 641.673.3000.