Pinnacle Specialty Care

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At Care Initiatives Pinnacle Specialty Care in Cedar Falls, you’ll enjoy personalized care and modern comforts all with the benefits of skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services. We can be your home away from home while you’re recovering from an illness, injury or surgery. At Pinnacle Specialty Care, our goal is to help you reach your highest level of independence and recovery.

Our rehabilitation and skilled nursing services include personalized programs designed to help you back to health so you can return home. Our brand-new location features modern amenities like a state-of-the-art therapy gym and on-site hydrotherapy program. We also offer modern comforts like the area’s newest private rooms and restaurant-style dining that can accommodate unique dietary needs. Additional amenities include:

  • Specialized therapy wing and rehabilitation area
  • The area's only hydrotherapy pool
  • 52 private rooms with private bath and/or deluxe shower
  • Free wifi
  • Free cable TV
  • Beauty/barber shop
  • Private dining area
  • Well-appointed gathering area for friends and family

Rooms are filling up quickly, so contact us today to learn why people want to call Pinnacle Specialty Care home.



    Pinnacle Specialty Care offers the following services

    • 24-hour Skilled Nursing Care

      Skilled nursing care facilities are licensed healthcare facilities that are inspected and regulated by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. These facilities are staffed by registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants and a variety of therapists as well as other disciplines in dietary, social services, activities, housekeeping, laundry and administration.  All Care Initiative’s locations provide 24-hour care or skilled nursing services.

      We offer long- and short-term care for individuals who need more assistance than an at-home caregiver can provide. We provide rehabilitation services and care for those who suffer from serious or persistent health issues, such as Alzheimer’s disease, COPD, or Chronic Heart Failure.

      As the largest non-profit senior healthcare provider in the state, we take our jobs very seriously and are committed to providing care with compassion, dignity and respect.  We offer one-on-one physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy; nutritious meals; laundry service; social and activity programming as well as 24 hour individualized nursing care. With over 3,000 staff members serving an average of 2,500 of Iowa’s elderly, our commitment to the best quality care, compassion and respect is our top priority. Care Initiatives facilities are Medicaid and Medicare certified.

    • Accelerated Care Plus Therapy Equipment

      Most of Care Initiatives facilities have incorporated Accelerated Care Plus Therapy, a cutting-edge therapy system which is non-invasive and medication-free. ACP Therapy addresses a wide range of prevalent conditions including pain, inflammation, neuromuscular re-education, stroke recovery, contractures, urinary incontinence, wounds, joint replacement recovery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), rheumatoid arthritis, knee osteoarthritis, herpes zoster and fall prevention.

      ACP’s rehabilitation programs are built around proven medical technology, called “Therapeutic Modalities”. Devices such as infrared therapy and ultrasound can help reduce pain and inflammation. Additionally, they may use electrical stimulation to increase circulation and simple exercises to improve flexibility, strength and balance.

      By introducing these treatment options, therapists are able to improve outcomes for a broader range of patients and more medically complex conditions.

    • Bariatric Accommodations

      Care Initiatives provides bariatric services and accommodations, including one facility with a dedicated unit. The bariatric units are available for patients before and/or after having gastric bypass surgery. The nurses and dieticians in these units are accustomed to following doctor’s and nutritionist’s directions as the patient recovers. In addition to skilled nursing care, the rooms for bariatric patients are equipped with large doors, a larger bed and furniture and a larger bathroom entrance for the comfort and ease of our guest.

    • Beauty Shop/Barber Shop

      We believe that every patient and resident has a right to beauty services that make them proud of their appearance. Our on-site beauty shops are available to help them do that. Residents can make an appointment with one of our friendly beauticians and schedule their next spa day.

    • Care Initiatives Hospice

      Care Initiatives Hospice provides compassionate health care and palliative support for people facing life-limiting illnesses or conditions. We offer a physician-directed, nurse-coordinated interdisciplinary team approach to personal care. Our goal is to add comfort and quality to the late stages of life.

      Care can be provided wherever the patient is – at home or in a care facility. Regardless of the level of need, or where care is administered, no one facing a life-limiting or terminal illness is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. We offer these services throughout 66 Iowa counties. Find a Care Initiatives Hospice office near you.

    • Discharge Planning / Home Visits

      Discharge planning and home visits can be complicated, especially when dealing with persistent health care needs and health maintenance. But at Care Initiatives, our caregivers and staff will work with residents, patients and families to set expectations for a visit or permanent return home, and provide the necessary guidance for maintaining a custom care plan.

    • Hydroworx Hydrotherapy Pool

      Care Initiatives Pinnacle Specialty Care features one of the only on-site Hydroworx Hydrotherapy Pool in the Cedar Valley area. Water therapy can help you rehabilitate quickly after an injury or surgery, and our caregivers can provide a customized hydrotherapy program to meet your needs. The adjustable water temperature is always just right, and the pool’s advanced treadmill and massage jets help you regain strength and increase circulation.

    • Individualized Care Plans

      We believe in treating every patient to the best of our abilities, which means administering care that is custom to the individual. Each patient or resident of Care Initiatives receives a customized care plan implemented by Care Initiatives caregivers, leading them to higher independence and quality of life.
      We carefully analyze the medical history of our patients and residents, and we implement the care advised by their doctors. Each patient receives treatment and care individualized to them and based on their health needs.

    • Intravenous (IV) Therapy

      Intravenous (IV) therapy is the fastest route to deliver fluids and medications throughout the body. It may be used to correct electrolyte imbalances, deliver medications, blood transfusion or as fluid replacement. It is particularly useful for elder patients who might not be getting as much fluids as they should and, because of the side effects of some medication, they have increased potential to become dehydrated. IV therapy gives the resident in need the right balance of water and electrolytes to keep their body functioning properly. Additionally, IV therapy is of particular use in cases where oral antibiotics are not effective.

    • Lymphedema & Wound Therapy

      Lymphedema is the abnormal accumulation of body fluid, typically in an extremity or one area of the body. Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system for fluid drainage is damaged. Left untreated, it can result in swelling, pain, weeping of fluid through the skin, inability to utilize the affected extremity, skin changes, wounds, and development of greater complications.

      “Primary” lymphedema is when your lymph system is damaged and issues arise on their own.  “Secondary” lymphedema is caused by a condition or procedure that damages your lymph nodes.

      Lymphedema Therapy can…

      •    Identify and discriminate between lymphedema, lipedema, lipolymphedema, phlebolymphedema, dependent edema, and venous edema.
      •    Perform a bedside ankle-brachial index study using a hand-held Doppler and choose an appropriate level and type of compression.
      •    Use advanced hand techniques, precise targeting of soft tissue layers and lymphatic structures, and ergonomic positioning.
      •    Implement an appropriate exercise program to alleviate pain and reduce symptoms.

      Certified therapists are able to treat lymphedema at these locations: Bedford Specialty Care, Belle Plaine Specialty Care, Corning Specialty Care, Dubuque Specialty Care, Eldora Specialty Care, Heritage Specialty Care, La Porte City Specialty Care, Montezuma Specialty Care, NorthCrest Specialty Care, Panora Specialty Care, Pinnacle Specialty Care, Ravenwood Specialty Care, Southridge Specialty Care, Valley View Specialty Care, and Wapello Specialty Care.

    • Medication Management

      Medication management is one of the most important daily challenges for patients and residents. Care Initiatives nurses and caregivers are here to implement a medication management plan that works for each individual according to their custom care plan. We help patients and residents understand their medications, and we implement a management schedule that is safe, healthy and effective for each person.

    • Occupational Therapy

      When the chores of daily living – bathing, dressing, grooming, etc. – become too much to handle, that’s when our occupational therapists step in. Occupational therapy is the use of treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living skills of a patient whose normal routine may have been interrupted by illness, injury or surgery. Our therapists work one-on-one with each client and family to determine goals, offer a customized plan to improve the client’s abilities and ongoing evaluation to continue making progress. Additionally, occupational therapy can involve adapting the client’s living space to help toward greater independence.

    • Outpatient Therapy

      Care Initiative’s Outpatient Therapy is a form of therapeutic treatment offered to those who do not require hospitalization or 24-hour care. Our services are available to all members of the community and it allows for care close to home.

      We provide our clients with an initial assessment and follow-up supportive treatment. Outpatient therapy programs typically include one or more of the following disciplines: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, which are provided by qualified and trained therapy professionals. Programs are tailored to meet the needs of individuals.

    • Pain Management

      Care Initiatives' Care Team has a goal of helping our patients maintain a dignified and proper quality of life.  Controlling pain can be an important part of the process.  Our Care Team will work closely with your physician and you to develop a compassionate plan for managing pain.

    • Pastoral Services

      Each Care Initiatives location helps provide access to pastors, chaplains and other religious leaders and services for the spiritual wellbeing of residents. Religious services are held regularly in Care Initiatives locations, and we will work with residents and their families to coordinate services if possible.

    • Physical Therapy

      Healing from a serious illness or injury can be a long road to recovery. Care Initiatives’ physical therapy program aims to help patients set goals and achieve them with the objective of restoring health and prevention of illness and injury. Our physical therapists will work one-on-one to customize each client’s rehabilitation program. We seek to address each individual’s health needs, including balance, strength training, flexibility and pain management.

    • Planned Activities

      From group card games and social hours to special meals and outings, Care Initiatives is committed to making life fun and exciting for our residents. Weekly activities are planned and posted at each location, and all residents are welcome to attend. Families and friends are also always welcome to join us for activities and outings.

    • Rehab-To-Home

      Whether your loved one incurred a life-altering health event such as a heart attack or stroke, or a lengthy illness that has temporarily deterred returning home, Care Initiatives has the ideal alternative in our Rehab to Home program. Our dedicated staff of nurses and therapists will develop a program, by maximizing each individual’s potential, to allow your loved one to return to their prior level of functioning and return home if medically indicated.

    • Respite Care

      If an at-home caregiver or family needs temporary relief from the day-to-day care needs of their loved one, any of our care locations are able to assist.  Sometimes respite care is used when a family or caregiver plans a vacation, needs a break or change of pace, or wants to trial a long-term care facility for possible placement at a later date.  Contact your nearest location to learn more about how temporary respite care may be a solution for you or your family.

    • Select/Choice Menus

      We believe that each patient and resident should be able to choose what they eat, so Care Initiatives locations serve several menu options at each meal. Each choice is nutritionally balanced and can be customized to suit special dietary needs.

    • Special Dietary Accommodations

      We can accommodate many dietary needs for our patients and will work with their families and caregivers to understand and maintain a plan that works. Whether the dietary restriction is part of a resident’s health care plan or personal preference, we are happy to provide for their needs.

    • Speech Therapy

      With the increased risk of diseases such as strokes, dementia, head injuries, etc., the elderly often encounter problems in communicating. There may be problems in processing auditory information or mentally recalling an event or a word. Our speech therapists will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine if there is a language-based problem, the orientation of the problem and best possible treatment. We focus our efforts on helping each patient learn to process, organize or recall information, and offer some additional tactics of communicating, such as writing down information or recording it. We also work to help with swallowing disorders that are often the result of a stroke.

    • Tube Feedings

      Tube feeding, or enteral feeding, is a way to deliver needed nutrients and fluids through a tube if your loved one is not able to take food or drink by mouth. In some cases, it may be only necessary for a short time. In other cases, it can be a more permanent solution. Our capable staff is able to monitor and assure your loved one receives the best nutrition.

    • Wound Care Management

      As people age, skin integrity is an important factor in maintaining overall health. Our team of healthcare providers at Care Initiatives is trained in treating existing wounds should a patient be admitted with an existing pressure ulcer. Using the latest in medical technology, our nursing staff incorporates V.A.C. ® Therapy to promote wound healing. V.A.C. Therapy applies negative pressure through a patented dressing. When applied at the site of a wound, this vacuum-like pressure helps draw wound edges together, remove infectious materials and actively promote granulation for faster healing.

    Family Stories

    We are grateful when family and residents feel compelled to share their great care experiences. Click on “Family Stories” to read more.

    Thank you for the great care (at Pinnacle). I was a tough guy to work with and you people showed amazing patience.

    Michael D.

    Pinnacle Specialty Care

    Thank you for the kindness you have shown XXX while he has been in your care. Everyday he had something new and exciting to tell me about his stay. We are both grateful for all of your help.

    Jackie L.

    Pinnacle Specialty Care

    My dad has been a resident at Pinnacle Specialty Care since the facility opened and has had many medical issues. He struggles with Dementia and neurological issues. He always enjoys his meals and the CNA and nurses have been very attentive to his medical needs and in helping find activities he enjoys. The music there he enjoys and tells me how much he loves living here.

    Melissa F.

    Pinnacle Specialty Care

    Pinnacle Specialty Care was my father's home these last 3 years. I would like to say thank you all so very very much for taking such great care of my dad. Nursing assistants and nurses, housekeeping and dietary you were all so nice to my dad. Even maintenance guy was great on a very windy day. The administration there were on the ball. Thanks for helping me out more than a few times. Sending our appreciation and hugs to every one of you. They did an outstanding job and I am very thankful.

    Donna M.

    Pinnacle Specialty Care

    Thank you for taking care of my mom. With her not able to speak English, i was impressed with therapy, CNAs and nurses going above and beyond to please her. Not only did they find ways of communicating with her, they took care of her as if she was their own family. All of the staff was amazing, including management. 

    Edina K.

    Pinnacle Specialty Care

    Very caring facilty. Staff was awesome and cared for the patients and answered the family questions.


    Angela M.

    Pinnacle Specialty Care

    Could not have been treated any better. Nurses and CNAs would get me my stuff when I needed it. Food was excellent. If I have to come to any of these places it is going to be this one or else I won't go.

    Beverly K.

    Pinnacle Specialty Care