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Avalon Care Center - Sonora

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: F
Oct 18: CNov 18: CDec 18: CJan 19: CFeb 19: CMay 19: CJun 19: CJul 19: CAug 19: CSep 19: CJan 20: CMar 20: CApr 20: CMay 20: FJun 20: FJul 20: FAug 20: FSep 20: FOct 20: FJan 21: DFeb 21: DMar 21: DApr 21: FMay 21: FJun 21: FJul 21: FAug 21: FSep 21: FOct 21: FNov 21: FJan 22: FFeb 22: FMar 22: FApr 22: DMay 22: FJun 22: F
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Avalon Care Center - Sonora's website

19929 Greenley Road,
Sonora CA 95370

(209) 533-2500

50.76% estimated occupancy 1

Note: Avalon Care Center - Sonora has been flagged for abuse in the past 12 months. We have capped this facility's overall grade accordingly.

Avalon Care Center - Sonora is in Sonora, California. The city has a population of 26,803 people. Our grading system was not very kind to this nursing home, as it received an overall score of F. If you are not happy with this facility's poor overall grade, you may find your options to be limited in Sonora. The city has just one other nursing home. More information on this nursing home's category grades may be found below. Its best category is nursing, which is discussed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • Has Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Medication Management
  • Speech Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition

Registered Staff Hours

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Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

While we graded this facility incredibly poorly overall, it received a fairly respectable nursing grade this year. We gave it a grade of B- in that category. The nursing grade analyzes quite a few components, many of which are tied to levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Lastly, nursing scores also consider quality-based measures, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours, this facility performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is usually a good indicator that a place has quality controls in place. Many falls can be avoided if a facility provides enough nurses aids to assist its patients.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

We were also stunned to learn that this nursing home received a solid short-term care score in our assessment. We awarded it a grade of B- in that area. In our short-term care score, we try to forge a sound measure for rehabilitation services. In this process, we analyze a facility's levels of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy. We found that this place was below average in the two key staffing areas we looked at. The facility offered fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other nursing homes. The last datapoint we assessed in this area is the number of patients who who were able to eventually return home from the facility. We found that just 6.1 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.

Facility Inspections

Grade: F

Among this nursing home's worst category grades was an F for its inspection grade. More often than not, this indicates we found red flags on the nursing home's inspections. For nursing homes with bad inspection grades, you should focus on any severe deficiencies found on their inspection reports. This particular nursing home was assessed 5 deficiencies by government inspectors. The only positive thing we found is that none of the deficiencies were in the categories that suggest that they caused a threat to patient safety or health. Finally, CMS flagged this nursing home for possible abuse or neglect. This is not what you want to see. We advise you to direct your search elsewhere.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: F

The final area we rated is long-term care. This facility received a bottom of the barrel grade of F in that category. For long-term care residents, the primary goal is to maintain residents' quality of life and keep them safe. After assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we turned to the nursing home's vaccination statistics. We were optimistic to discover that this facility vaccinated 96.17978 percent of its patients for pneumonia. To our surprise, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this facility had less hospitalizations than many nursing homes. Sadly, some of its other scores in the category were not as favorable as these.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jul 22

Avalon Care Center - Sonora Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: C

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 7.62% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percent of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage due to remaining in the same position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: C

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 1.67% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of patients that sustained a fall which caused serious injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 1.21% of Patients had UTIs

This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who experienced urinary tract infections. Although a higher rate of these infections could reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it can be problematic to compare between facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 10.06% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of long-term care residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in situations where such medications aren't medically indicated. However, some facilities need to rely more on these drugs due to an increased number of patients with dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: D

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 13.91% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percent of patients who were given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety medications are given to residents experiencing anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 4.33% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of residents exhibiting symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 95.72% of Patients

This is the percentage of residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 8.37% Percentage of Patients

This metric measures the percent of long-term stay patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and using the bathroom. Some experts believe this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 14.05% Percentage of Residents

This is the percent of residents who maintained mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 1.49 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 14.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: F

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 9.85 Percentage of Patients

This tells you the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B

In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 79.63% Percentage of Resident

This indicates the percent of short-term patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of independence with ADL's typically correlates with successful rehabilitation services.