Desert Highlands Care Center is an average-sized nursing home in Kingman, Arizona. Featuring an overall grade of D, this is a well below average facility. If you are not happy with this facility's poor overall grade, you may find your options to be limited in Kingman. The city has just one other nursing home. Despite all this, one of the few highlights of this facility's profile is its strong inspection score. You can continue reading to learn more about inspections and other category grades
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Desert Highlands Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Medication Management
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
While we were not high on this place overall, we awarded it a grade of B+ for our inspections category. This score is far better than the place's overall grade. Our inspection scores account for a host of factors found on a facility's inspection report. One key criteria we look at is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. You generally want to avoid facilities with a bunch of severe deficiencies flagged. While this facility had a few deficiencies on its report, none of them were severe based on CMS' scale. A few minor deficiencies are not necessarily the end of the world.
This facility's second best category was nursing, but even there it received a grade of just D. This is still a well below average grade. Nursing grades are largely tied to a nursing home's nurse staffing. This nursing home averaged just 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient per day. This figure is far below the national average. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in calculating our nursing ratings. This nursing home fared well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers.
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Short-term Care Quality
We gave this facility a grade of just D for our short-term care score. This is well below average in this category. Our short-term care scores are considered to be most meaningful for residents requiring rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation usually requires more highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means not merely nursing, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other types of therapy. With its poor grade in this area, we weren't surprised to discover that this place provided significantly fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per patient than most nursing homes. The final metric we looked at in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that just 4.6 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these subpar metrics doomed this facility's short-term care score.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we scored is long-term care, which was a weak link for this nursing home. We gave this facility a grade of D for the area of long-term care. If you are seeking services other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each nursing home's long-term care scores. In addition to considering the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. Thankfully, this facility administered the vaccine to 99.57265 percent of its patients, which is a very solid total. Surprisingly, this place also fared well at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. Sadly, a few of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Desert Highlands Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 8.99% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care limits the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 3.04% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents that suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are often linked to poor nursing care. Additional nurse staffing can minimize the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 1.4% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes linked to inadequate hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 11.79% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are given to residents for a variety of medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias. Sadly, in some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 17.9% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term patients who are prescribed antianxiety medication. These drugs are prescribed to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 3.74% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents showing depressive symptoms. Higher rates of depression may imply a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 74.57% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines vital to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 12.93% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and continence. Many argue this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 15.66% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of patients who retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 1.18 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is key to preserving the physical health of patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 15.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 11.86 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 75.23% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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