Santa Barbara, California offers seven nursing homes to choose from, which isn't a bad selection. The nursing homes here received a phenomenal city grade of A-. By way of comparison, we awarded the nursing homes in the nearby city of Santa Paula a city grade of B-, which is not a bad grade. Nevertheless, we found the facilities in Santa Barbara to be in a totally different league than the ones in Santa Paula. As you might expect, this city has 4 nursing homes that were awarded elite grades. Few cities offer multiple nursing homes of this caliber.
To pair with its great overall grade, we awarded the nursing homes in Santa Barbara an A- in our inspections rating. Inspection scores are tied to many pieces of information found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that score well in this area tend to have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these facilities should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. Santa Barbara performed extremely well in the area of short-term care as well. As a result, we gave it a grade of A- in this area. Wrapping up its strong report card, this place earned a B+ for its nursing score and a B for long-term care. This city didn't have any weak links as far as we could tell.