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Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center

Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B
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205 Moonglow,
Alamogordo NM 88310

(575) 434-4510

57.6% estimated occupancy 1

Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center is an average-sized nursing home located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. With an overall grade of B, this facility is a quality option. In fact, this facility ended up being one of the 25 best facilities in New Mexico. The best aspect of this facility's strong report card is its nursing score. Nursing grades are discussed in the next section

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Limited Liability company

Registered Staff Hours

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Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

To pair with its strong overall grade, this nursing home earned a B+ for its nursing rating. Nursing scores are based in large part on quantity of nursing care available. This nursing home provides an impressive 3.8 hours of nursing care per patient per day. Out of this total, more than one fourth of these hours were provided by registered nurses, which is among the most highly skilled levels of nurses. We add more weight to hours provided by skilled nurses in computing our nursing grades. Lastly, we also assessed certain nursing quality-based metrics in computing our nursing grades. These include minimizing residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We look at these datapoints as predictive indicators of the caliber of nursing care offered, since better care tends to reduce these problems.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

This facility also was awarded a favorable short-term care score. Indeed, we gave it an above average grade of B+ in this area. Our short-term care grade is commonly employed to grade a facility's rehabilitation services. In order to provide highly graded rehabilitation services, facilities generally must offer higher levels of skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and other highly trained professionals. This facility elevated its score in this area by offering more care from registered nurses than the typical facility. Finally, we looked at the percentage of residents who who were able to eventually return home from this facility. It fared as well as just about any facility in the nation with 57.4 percent of its residents returning home.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B-plus

In addition, this facility also excelled in the area of inspections, where it received a grade of B+. Few nursing homes performed better in this area. Inspection ratings account for several factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we look at is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with better scores in this area typically have few of these severe deficiencies. This place was assessed 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none were considered to be severe. This tells you that the inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies to be an immediate threat to resident safety or health. A few relatively minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The next category we analyzed is long-term care. For this category, we gave this nursing home a grade of B-. Long-term care grades assess a facility's personal care instead of the skilled therapy and medical services that are critical to a rehabilitation facility. After we finished assessing the amount of nursing care, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination records. Candidly, we were a bit concerned this facility vaccinated a relatively low 90.80882 percent of its residents for pneumonia. On a more positive note, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 9.52% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by remaining in the same position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-minus

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 3.05% of Patients had Serious Falls

This statistic measures the percent of long-term care patients which have suffered a fall which caused severe injury. We use this statistic in determining nursing ratings.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 1.61% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely the result of poor nursing care. Better nursing care minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. We want to point out that this statistic is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have varying reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: C

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 16.99% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric gauges the percentage of long-term stay patients taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: C

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 14.25% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percent of patients given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 3.06% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients who are showing depressive symptoms. Increased rates of depression may reveal a less hospitable environment.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 89.52% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-minus

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 17.16% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and using the bathroom.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 20.87% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of patients that remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 1.3 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 20.87 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-minus

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 15.42 Percentage of Patients

Measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to gauge patient care during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center, 64.62% Percentage of Resident

This is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Gerald Champion Regional Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 2.42 miles away2669 North Scenic Drive Alamogordo New Mexico 88310Voluntary non-profit - Private(575) 443-6100

Nearby Dialysis

  • Alamogordo Dialysis (Fmc)2.23 miles away2578 Medical Dr Alamogordo New Mexico 88310Dialysis Stations: 17 (575) 437-9731

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