Buena Vista Care Center is a large nursing home located in Santa Barbara, California. This is a very solid facility, with an overall grade of B. Based on our analysis, you could do much worse than this nursing home. Fortunately, this place didn't have any bad scores in any of the four major categories. Additional information about these categories can be found below.
Buena Vista Care Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
160 S Patterson Ave,
Santa Barbara CA 93111
70.46% estimated occupancy 1
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Short-term Care Quality
In addition to earning a strong overall score, this facility performed well in short-term care. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A- for that category, which is one of our highest scores. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we scrutinize a facility's levels of skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This score is frequently a solid measure of the facility's rehabilitation services. This nursing home employs both physical therapists and registered nurses. Not all facilities employ these skilled professionals. The final item we assessed in this category is the number of residents that eventually returned home from the facility. This turned out to be more of a strength for this nursing home. It fared as well as just about any facility in California with 62.7 percent of its residents returning home. For most nursing homes, fewer than half of their short-stay residents ever return home.
This facility received high grades in the area of nursing as well. In fact, it received one of our highest grades in that category with a score of A-. Our nursing score assesses the facility's level of nurse staffing. We consider both the levels of skill of the nurses as well as the quantity of hours spent with patients. This facility provided 3.8 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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Long-term Care Quality
This facility is also strong in the area of long-term care, where it was awarded a score of B. It outperformed most facilities in this area. Nursing homes that receive this kind of score in long-term care tend to provide consistent 24/7 care to ensure residents are well cared for. After looking at the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we turned to the facility's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients against pneumonia. Vaccines are critical to keeping residents out of the hospital. Lastly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 1.51 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home had fewer hospitalizations than most nursing homes.
In the final category we looked at, we found that this nursing home earned a solid government inspection report this year as well, with few major dings from government inspectors. It received a decent grade in inspections with a grade of B-. This facility really didn't have any major weak links. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in determining our inspection ratings. One critical factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be quite insignificant. This facility received 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none were considered to be severe. This indicates that the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies to pose an imminent threat to resident safety or health. A few minor dings aren't necessarily something to panic about.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Buena Vista Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Buena Vista Care Center, 7.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint is is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents that have new or worsened pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are an measure of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Buena Vista Care Center, 1.66% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure gauges the percentage of long-term stay patients that experienced a fall which caused severe injury. We use this statistic in calculating nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Buena Vista Care Center, 1.19% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often the result of nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Better nursing care reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Keep in mind that this metric is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Buena Vista Care Center, 9.98% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These drugs are sometimes used to treat a variety of conditions, including cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Buena Vista Care Center, 13.87% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are generally used to treat residents experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Buena Vista Care Center, 4.32% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who are showing signs of depression. Some would argue that this is a measure of patient quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Buena Vista Care Center, 96.21% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Buena Vista Care Center, 8.35% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Buena Vista Care Center, 14.01% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay patients that were able to retain mobility.
In Buena Vista Care Center, 1.49 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. There is usually a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Buena Vista Care Center, 14.01 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Buena Vista Care Center, 9.82 Percentage of Patients
This metric tracks the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to assess patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Buena Vista Care Center, 79.69% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term stay residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of performance with ADL's generally correlates with superior rehabilitation services.
Scores for Santa Barbara, CA
- Overall Rating has a grade of A-minus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of A-minus
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
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