Des Moines Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys

Des Moines IA Nursing Home Ratings Graph

A Des Moines nursing home abuse lawyer from Nursing Home Law Center LLC recognizes the need that many people have, not only for a qualified advocate, but for helpful information that can be used to keep their loved ones safe prior to being placed in a home. By identifying the worst rated nursing facilities in your area, we hope that it will allow you to place the people you care about most under the care of homes that are more suited to address their needs. We also hope to help you more quickly recognize the signs of abuse so that you can act more quickly if your loved one is mistreated.

Medicare releases information every month on all nursing homes in Des Moines, Iowa based on the data gathered through surveys, investigations and inspections. According to the federal agency, investigators found serious violations and deficiencies at seventeen (43%) of the forty Des Moines nursing facilities that led to resident injuries. Was your loved one harmed, mistreated, abused, or died unexpectedly from neglect while living in a nursing home in Iowa? If so, we invite you to contact the Des Moines nursing home abuse & neglect lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center(800-926-7565) today to schedule a free case review to discuss a financial compensation claim.

Des Moines Senior Demographics

The city of Des Moines is both the capital and largest city in the state of Iowa with a population of over 203,000. Its popularity among insurance companies has earned it the title of “insurance capital of the world,” as the city hosts numerous headquarters for major insurance companies such as Nationwide, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Athene USA Insurance. NBC rated Des Moines as the wealthiest city in America in 2014, which is a testament to its affluence.

Seniors make up about 11% of Des Moines’s population and with many residents moving closer to retirement; the senior population is due to swell in coming years. The Polk County Community and Family Division runs seven senior centers throughout the area so that seniors can continue to have access to transportation, nutritional assistance, social activities and educational programs so that they may lead healthy and active lives well into their golden years. For more information, you can visit

Des Moines Nursing Homes

Our Des Moines nursing injury lawyers compiled the following list of nursing home using information provided by Medicare’s nursing home compare tool. Due to the high number of nursing centers in the area, we’ve chosen only to focus on the poorest rated centers closest to Des Moines. If you are considering a home not listed and would like to see how it compares, you can use the same tool by visiting

Overall Rating 40 Nursing Homes
    Rating: 5 out of 5 (12) Much above average
    Rating: 4 out of 5 (4) Above average
    Rating: 3 out of 5 (7) Average
    Rating: 2 out of 5 (14) Below average
    Rating: 1 out of 5 (3) Much below average
August 2018

The Rehabilitation Center of Des Moines
701 Riverview
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 266-1106
Ownership— For profit corporation
Participates in Medicare/Medicaid: Yes
Overall Rating— 2 stars out of 5

2 stars rating

Primary concerns: Despite an admirable quality measures score, this nursing center received the worst health inspection record score possible, which could be due to minor understaffing concerns. Patients cared for at facilities with health and safety concerns are more likely to develop infections, be exposed to unclean environments or be injured due to environmental hazards.

University Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
233 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 284-1280
Ownership— For profit partnership
Participates in Medicare/Medicaid: Yes
Overall Rating— 2 stars out of 5

2 stars rating

Primary concerns: A mediocre staff, quality measures in need of improvement and numerous marks on this facility’s health inspection record are all reasons to give pause if considering placing someone you care about under this center’s care.

Union Park Health Services
2401 East Eighth Street
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 262-9303
Ownership— For profit corporation
Participates in Medicare/Medicaid: Yes
Overall Rating— 1 star out of 5

1 star rating

Primary concerns: This center fails in all areas of assessment and is a perfect example of what can occur when for profit nursing companies are allowed to prioritize their margins over the quality of care provided to residents. Severe understaffing is often the root of larger problems and a staff score of only one star can explain the poor scores in all other areas.

Trinity Center at Luther Park
1555 Hull Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 262-5639
Ownership— Non-profit church
Participates in Medicare/Medicaid: Yes
Overall Rating— 2 stars out of 5

2 stars rating

Primary concerns: While this facility has a capable staff, its health inspection history and lacking quality measures suggest administrative concerns which may be impacting the quality of care residents receive.

Wesley Acres
3520 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 271-6500
Ownership— Non-profit corporation
Participates in Medicare/Medicaid: Yes
Overall Rating— 2 stars out of 5

2 stars rating

Primary concerns: This is another nursing home that boasts a proud and capable staff but has failed to address the needs of individual patients and suffers from numerous health inspection violations. Improvements need to be made in both areas before you can trust this facility with your loved one’s care.

Fleur Heights Center for Wellness and Rehab
4911 19th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 285-2559
Ownership— For profit corporation
Participates in Medicare/Medicaid: Yes
Overall Rating— 2 stars out of 5

2 stars rating

Primary concerns: Health inspection woes also plague this facility, which seems to score well in other areas. It is important that proper sanitation and disease prevention measures are in place and that residents are not exposed to fall hazards for the sake of their health. Until this facility improves in this area, it is not considered viable.

Fountain West Health Center
1501 Office Park Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265
(515) 223-1223
Ownership— For profit corporation
Participates in Medicare/Medicaid: Yes
Overall Rating— 2 stars out of 5

2 stars rating

Primary concerns: Mediocre quality measures and many health inspection deficiencies are responsible for this facility’s poor score.

Identifying Nursing Neglect or Abuse

Our Des Moines nursing injury lawyers are aggressive in the pursuit of justice and accountability whenever negligent or neglectful nursing care results in injuries to those who you love. We are often asked how to recognize the early symptoms of mistreatment and at what point action should be taken. The following signs are all indicators that something may be wrong and we do suggest investigating the matter sooner rather than later for the protection of your loved one.

  • Sudden weight loss, dark urine, fatigue, lightheadedness or confusion. These can indicate malnutrition or dehydration due to neglect.
  • Physical signs of abuse or neglect such as the development of bedsores and the presence of bruises or marks in suspect locations such as the wrists, ankles or genitals.
  • Medication errors that cause severe discomfort or injury. These errors are more common than you would suspect and can have disastrous consequences.
  • Infections that occur without reasonable explanation or the transmission of communicable disease due to lack of attention to hygiene, sanitation or disease prevention.
  • Falls due to environmental hazards such as clutter, wet floors or poorly placed furniture.
  • Sudden changes in demeanor such as angry outbursts, bouts of depression or paranoia in the presence of caregivers.

Nursing Home Law Center LLC has represented a countless number of victims across the nation whose injuries were the results of negligent or neglectful nursing care. It is our hope that we can turn the rising tide of abuse by aggressively holding facilities that treat their patients poorly accountable for their misdeeds and would like the opportunity to represent the interests of your loved one.

Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our award winning Des Moines nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys so that we can gather all of the information needed to conduct a deeper investigation. We will review all of your legal options with you and answer all of your questions about how best to proceed with your case. If we are unable to secure compensation on your behalf, you are assured that our services will be completely free of charge.


Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Resources

Client Reviews

Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa
After I read Jonathan’s Nursing Home Blog, I decided to hire him to look into my wife’s treatment at a local nursing home. Jonathan did a great job explaining the process and the laws that apply to nursing homes. I immediately felt at ease and was glad to have him on my side. Though the lawsuit process was at times frustrating, Jonathan reassured me, particularly at my deposition. I really felt like Jonathan cared about my wife’s best interests, and I think that came across to the lawyers for the nursing home. Eric