Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center is an average-sized nursing home in Alamogordo, New Mexico. We awarded it an overall grade of C, which is a middle of the road grade. In our view, this nursing home looks like a good fit for quite a few people. This place is better in some categories than others, but it did not have any bad scores in any of our major categories. More information about these categories can be found below.
Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Amputee Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
In addition to having a decent overall rating, we also wanted to point out that this facility received favorable inspections in recent years. We gave them one of our better scores in this area, with a B+. This is a much better score than the nursing home's overall score. Our inspection ratings are tied to several datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that receive favorable grades in this category tend to have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. This nursing home received 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This tells you that the inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies to pose an immediate threat to patient health or safety. A couple of minor deficiencies shouldn't lead you to cross a nursing home off your list.
In addition, we awarded this nursing home a grade of B in our nursing category. This is one of our better grades. Nursing grades are primarily based on a nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in the area of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third area we analyzed is short-term care, where this facility received a grade of C in this area. In the category of short-term care, we try to qualify measures of a facility's rehabilitation services. We look at the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses and various therapists. Unfortunately, we found that this nursing home provided fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other nursing homes. The key is determining what bearing this had on quality of care. Lastly, we considered the percentage of residents that eventually returned home from this facility. We found that 4.9 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home. This figure was actually well below the national average.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we analyzed was long-term care. We gave it a C in that area. This is a perfectly acceptable grade in this area. Our long-term care grade focuses on a facility's personal care rather than the skilled nursing or healthcare services that are critical to a rehabilitation facility. One of the statistics we considered after nurse's aid hours was vaccinations. We were a bit worried that this facility provided the pneumonia vaccine to just 89.01515 percent of its residents. Nevertheless, this facility excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 8.5% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents which suffered from pressure ulcers . We use this statistic in calculating both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 3.08% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of residents that suffered from a fall which resulted in major injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 1.47% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often the result of worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this statistic could also be skewed for certain facilities due to different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 16.78% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. These drugs may be used for several conditions, including dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 13.49% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term patients taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 3.19% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents who are demonstrating depressive symptoms. Higher rates of depression may reveal lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 88.36% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 16.72% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's may indicate the erosion of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 18.98% Percentage of Residents
This is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who maintained mobility. Many in the industry argue that mobility is critical to residents' physical and mental health.
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 1.28 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 18.98 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 15.18 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 65.79% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term patients who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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