Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility is a very-small hospital-based nursing home located in Big Bear Lake, California. With an overall grade of A-, this nursing home is one of the higher-rated facilities we assessed. In fact, we ranked this nursing home in the top quarter of all facilities in the United States. The best aspect of this facility's impressive profile was its inspection reports. Inspection reports are discussed in the next paragraph
Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
41870 Garstin Rd,
Big Bear Lake CA 92315
53.8% estimated occupancy 1
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Government - Hospital district
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
To go along with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. Our inspection grades are tied to many datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that score well in this area tend to have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these facilities generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. Surprisingly, this facility was hit with a category L deficiency, which is unexpected based on its inspection score. These are the worst type of deficiencies. This category means inspectors uncovered a widespread deficiency placing patient safety or health in immediate danger. Even a single serious deficiency of this nature should be taken seriously. In spite of this major red flag, other aspects of this facility's inspection report gave us some hope.
This nursing home also received an A+ nursing grade, making it one of the few nursing homes to receive multiple A+ category grades. Nursing grades are mostly tied to the facility's nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.7 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a facility has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can generally be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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Short-term Care Quality
Turning our next category, we awarded this facility a score of A- for our short-term care rating. This is a first-rate grade. In crafting our short-term care ratings, we analyze the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. The objective is to create a barometer for sizing up the rehabilitation services of various facilities. Fortunately, it appear that this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
Long-term Care Quality
The next category we rated is long-term care, which was a weak link for this facility. We gave this facility a D in our long-term care category, leaving this as the facility's weakest grade. We would still recommend that you consider all of a nursing home's grades. If you are looking for services other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each facility's long-term care ratings. On top of looking at the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents. To our surprise, this facility was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. It had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. 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.
Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility, 7.45% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely caused by residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols can minimize the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility, 1.7% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term care patients that experienced a fall leading to serious injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries may be a sign of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility, 1.24% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often linked to lower quality nursing care. More frequent bathing can limit the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. We want to point out that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility, 10.1% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in situations where such medications are not medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely more on these medications due to having more residents with cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility, 13.85% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay residents that are administered antianxiety medication. These medications are generally used to treat patients experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility, 4.64% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents who are exhibiting depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility, 95.44% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility, 7.92% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living may be a sign of the decline of a patient's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility, 12.45% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that maintained mobility.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Bear Valley Community Healthcare District Skilled Nursing Facility, 12.45 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
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