Northern Mahaska Specialty Care receives highest rating

Northern Mahaska Specialty Care is pleased to announce it has received a “Deficiency Free” result on its annual survey in February 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” rating is very prestigious. These surveys, and their subsequent ratings, are a useful tool for current and prospective residents, their families, and health care practitioners to make informed choices about the quality of a long-term care facility.

“At Northern Mahaska Specialty Care we take pride in providing exceptional, compassionate, individualized, quality care. Thank you to our residents, staff, families and volunteers for helping make Northern Mahaska Specialty Care the place it is today,” says Administrator Tabitha Tjaden. 

Northern Mahaska Specialty Care is a 63-bed skilled nursing facility offering outpatient rehabilitation services, skilled nursing care, long term care and hospice care. It is owned and operated by Care Initiatives, Iowa’s largest not-for-profit senior care provider.  With headquarters in West Des Moines, Care Initiatives and Care Initiatives Hospice operate 55 skilled nursing, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s/dementia, assisted living and hospice locations throughout Iowa. For more information about Care Initiatives, visit or contact Northern Mahaska Specialty Care at 641-630-3000.