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 satisfied with this facility's pedestrian overall grade, you may have to look in other cities as this is the only nursing home in Sonora. 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.
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Avalon Care Center - Sonora
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
Note: Avalon Care Center - Sonora has been flagged for abuse in the past 12 months. We have capped this facility's overall grade accordingly.
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- 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
- Medication Management
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
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Registered Staff Hours
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
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 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
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Long-term Care Quality
Turning to the area of long-term care, this facility was given a grade of just D in that area. If you are looking for services other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each nursing home's long-term care scores. In addition to assessing the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 98.97698 percent of its patients. To our surprise, this nursing home was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. Unfortunately, a few of its other scores in this category were not as favorable as these.
The last category we looked at is inspections. Unfortunately, this ended up being this facility's weakest link. We gave it a D in this area. Since this information is collected by government inspectors, we weight it heavily in our assessment. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in computing our inspection ratings. One key factor is health deficiencies. We would pay close attention to the level of severity of those deficiencies. This nursing home was hit with 5 deficiencies by government inspectors. The only positive thing we can say is that none of its deficiencies were in the categories that indicate they posed a risk to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility was cited by CMS for possible abuse or neglect. We would not recommend this facility under any circumstance.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Avalon Care Center - Sonora Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 11.89% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage resulting from staying in the same position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 5.37% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic is an indication of the percent of long-term residents who experienced falls which caused severe injury. This is one of the statistics we use in calculating nursing grades.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 1.17% of Patients had UTIs
This figure tells you the percentage of long-term patients who sustained a UTI. UTI's could be an indication of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this metric may also be misleading for some nursing homes due to different reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 20.77% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These medications may be used for several conditions, such as dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 26.09% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure tells you the percent of long-term stay patients receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 1.29% of Patients
This is the percent of patients showing depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 97.69% of Patients
This is the percent of patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 19.84% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 24.29% of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents that maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is critical to maintaining the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 24.29% of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 19.45% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to assess the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Avalon Care Center - Sonora, 92.62% of Resident
This indicates the percentage of short-term care residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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