Country Oaks Care Center is a small nursing home in Santa Maria, California. This nursing home received an overall grade of C, which is a middle of the road rating. Based on our assessment, this place ought to be a solid choice for most people. This nursing home didn't fare well in all of our categories, but it did not receive any terrible grades either. More information about these categories can be found below.
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Country Oaks Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Amputee Recovery
- Occupational Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
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Registered Staff Hours
The main reason this turned out to be a decent nursing home is that it received an elite inspection score. Its inspection grade was far superior to its overall grade. In the inspections category, we gave it a grade of A-. Inspection ratings are based on datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that excel in this area tend to have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these places generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. This particular nursing home received 2 deficiencies on its inspection report. Overall, this is still a solid inspection report, but we'd always recommend looking into any deficiencies you find troubling.
Long-term Care Quality
In addition, we also wanted to draw your attention to the fact that this nursing home received positive long-term care marks this year. We awarded them one of our higher grades in this category, with a grade of B+. This turned out to be the nursing home's second best grade. When facilities receive this kind of score in this category it is usually a good sign for patient care and suggests that the nursing home is well-staffed with nurses aids. One of the factors we considered on top of nurse's aid hours is vaccines. This facility administered the pneumonia vaccination to 98.52941 percent of its patients. Vaccination is a great way to minimize unnecessary deaths and hospitalizations for the aged 65 and up population. Lastly, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Another strength of this facility is its favorable grade in nursing. We awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with an D. Nursing scores are tied to quantity of nursing care available. This nursing home averaged only 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is an alarmingly low total. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing ratings. This facility fared well in terms of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers.
Short-term Care Quality
The last area we looked at is short-term care, which turned out to be this nursing home's weakest area. We awarded this facility a D in that area. Short-term care ratings are critical for patients needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically requires higher levels of highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means a vast spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. With a grade this poor in this category, we weren't stunned to find that this nursing home was below average in two of the key staffing metrics we focus on. The facility supplied significantly fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most facilities. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. This was not a strength for this nursing home. We found that just 4.8 percent of this facility's residents returned home. At most nursing homes, around half of their patients are able to return home so this is well below average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Country Oaks Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Country Oaks Care Center, 11.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Country Oaks Care Center, 7.35% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents that sustained a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are considered to be a measure of nursing care . Falls are routinely the result of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Country Oaks Care Center, 1.96% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be an indicator of nursing care . UTI's are routinely linked to poor nursing care. However, this metric could be misleading for certain facilities due to varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Country Oaks Care Center, 36.76% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients that are administered antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior in scenarios where such drugs aren't medically required. However, some facilities may need to rely on these drugs due to an increased number of residents suffering from dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Country Oaks Care Center, 14.05% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic gauges the percent of long-term stay residents receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Country Oaks Care Center, 6.35% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Country Oaks Care Center, 99.26% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Country Oaks Care Center, 15.45% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living could indicate erosion of a patient's well-being.
In Country Oaks Care Center, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Country Oaks Care Center, 9.01% of Patients
This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to gauge the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Country Oaks Care Center, 80.14% of Resident
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of short-term stay patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many in the industry believe that this is a reliable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation performance.
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