Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare is an average-sized nursing home in Brownsville, Texas. This nursing home proved to be a middle of the road facility, with an overall grade of B-. At the end of the day, this place should be a good fit for quite a few people. One of the best aspects of this nursing home's report card is its stellar inspection rating, which we will address in the next section.
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Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Lymphedema Care
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Registered Staff Hours
The primary reason this ended up being a decent nursing home is that it earned an excellent inspection score. In fact, its inspection grade was far superior to its overall grade. In the inspections category, we gave it an A+. Perhaps the most critical factor we consider in calculating our inspection scores is deficiencies. These deficiencies are found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities with higher grades in this area most likely dodged the most severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Even some of the best nursing homes receive an occasional ding on their inspection report.
Long-term Care Quality
In addition, we awarded this nursing home a B+ in our long-term care category. This is one of our better scores. Facilities that receive this kind of score in long-term care tend to provide consistent 24/7 care to make sure patients are well cared for. After assessing the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination statistics. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia. Vaccines are critical to keeping patients healthy. Lastly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
Sadly, this facility's third highest category is short-term care. As it turns out, with a D in this area, it still fared somewhat poorly. In our short-term care grade, we strive to create a sound measure for rehabilitation services. In doing so, we analyze a nursing home's offerings of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. Unfortunately, we found that this nursing home provided fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other facilities. Lastly, we considered the percentage of residents who eventually returned home from this facility. This facility didn't fare well here either. In fact, we found that just 4.9 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home. This figure was well off the national average.
The last area we analyzed is nursing. We awarded this nursing home a grade of D in our nursing category, leaving this as its weakest category grade. We analyzed the licensure of nurses employed by the facility, in addition to the quantity of time the nurses worked with residents, in determining our grade in this area. This place averaged a meager 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This figure is well below the national average. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing scores. This facility performed well when it comes to minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 7.17% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage due to remaining in one position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 3.38% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of residents that have had a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injury are often caused by lower quality nursing care. Better nursing care limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 1.52% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of long-term patients who have suffered from a urinary tract infection. Although more infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare between facilities due to varying reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 10.14% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of patients given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to many patients, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used appropriately. In limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 22.67% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are given to residents experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 4.84% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who are demonstrating depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 93.69% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 17.58% Percentage of Patients
This is the percent of residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 13.47% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who were able to retain mobility. Many would argue that mobility is important for patients mental and physical well-being.
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 1.89 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 13.47 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 11.91 Percentage of Patients
Measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to measure patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 66.29% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of independence with ADL's generally correlates with higher quality rehabilitation services.
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