A Holistic View of Health
At MorningStar, we define health and well-being holistically, offering services and programming that supports the whole person: body, mind and spirit. As such, Wellness becomes a joint effort between Life Enrichment and our Wellness Care Team, all playing critical roles in making MorningStar the destination for successful aging.
Our scope of resident care is wide, reflective of the full authority of our license through the Department of Health, and extending the stay of residents even as health conditions change.
We work hard to be a breath of fresh air, breaking from the pack, without breaking the rules, looking for creative solutions that yield higher quality of care at a lower cost to families.
Electronic Health Records
MorningStar is proud to set the pace within the Assisted Living sector with our Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, a central, mobile solution for assessments, care planning, incident tracking, wound care, behavior management and eMARs (electronic medication administration records). The benefits for both team and residents are manifold:
• Accurate, legible and complete demographic and medical information on residents
• Quick yet secure access to health records for more coordinated, efficient care
• Different modules to monitor various vitals and key health metrics
• Legible documentation
• Enhanced privacy and security of resident data
With the heightened productivity realized by this point-of-care charting and clinical intelligence, we are free to devote more time to resident-centered care and activities.
In Assisted Living, our Care Levels (each with an attending monthly fee) are determined through a simple point system which takes into account the cost and time of providing each service, whether it be help with daily activities (grooming, bathing) or medical assistance. The cumulative score determines your level of care (as many as five levels are offered). The resulting individualized care plans offer the right amount of assistance when you need it.
In Reflections, our memory care neighborhoods, given the mercurial nature of dementia, we feature all-inclusive pricing. Suite rental and care, whatever the level of need, are wrapped into one price.
Post-acute and Respite Care
While MorningStar is private pay (accepting both veteran benefits and long-term care insurance), we do participate in Accountable Care Organizations, groups of healthcare practitioners who offer coordinated, premier care to Medicare patients. We partner with the finest agencies who boast the best documented outcomes, knowing home health delivers significantly better post-acute care at a fraction of the cost of SNFs and Rehabs.
For those needing Continence support, we exclusively offer the excellent products of Prevail, delivered conveniently and discreetly, and fitted for confidence, independence and wellness.
Resident Bob, a WWII veteran, was always glad to see me when I stopped by, eager to share some of his life. One night he seemed more contemplative than usual. He didn’t have the typical jokes or family stories. Instead he wanted to talk about his Army career, more specifically his time as a prisoner of war. At the time, he was one of the last Iowans alive who survived the Bataan Death March of WWII. He sat there for what seemed hours, telling me of that horrific experience and what he had to do to stay alive. I told him his family must be awfully proud of him for overcoming. He was quiet for a while, then offered, “They don’t know.” “What?,” I asked, “Why would you share this with me not them?” He replied he wasn’t sure if they would understand, but that I…I was safe, there to listen and there to understand. Grateful for the compliment, yet I urged him to tell his family. Mere days later I entered his room to find his wife and son, gathering his belongings. Bob had passed away. With tears and tender hugs for me, the son said, “My father spoke of you often. He also told us of his experience during WWII, crediting you as the reason he was finally able to share. Dad died this evening and looked more at peace than I have ever seen him and we thank you for that.” Bob will ever be a part of me and my life as a nurse.
MorningStar communities are private pay.
• Licensed Nurse—on call 24/7;
on site 5–7 days/week
• 24-hour Care Managers;
CPR-trained on Every Shift
• Medication Management by
Certified Med Care Managers
• Care Planning Reviews
• Scheduled Health & Wellness Evaluation
• Mechanical Lift Assistance
• Weights and Vitals Monitoring
• Diabetic Management
• Oxygen Administration
• Catheter and Colostomy Care
• Palliative/Hospice Care
• Hydration Program
• Transportation to Medical Appointments
• Scheduled Physician Visits
• Resident Choice of Physician
• Pharmacy Services
• Onsite Dental Services and Podiatry
• Home Health Agencies:
nursing and nursing aides, therapies,
hospice, social work
• Onsite Diagnostics
• Therapists: Physical, occupational,
respiratory, speech, massage