Desert Highlands Care Center is an average-sized nursing home in Kingman, Arizona. This isn't a bad nursing home with a C overall grade. This grade is right in line with the city grade in Kingman. Based on our assessment, this facility likely wouldn't be a bad choice. The best part of this place's report card was is its inspection grade. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section.
Desert Highlands Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- 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
Registered Staff Hours
We would like to point out that this nursing home's inspection rating exceeded its overall score. This facility earned a grade of B+ in this area, which is one of our better grades. Inspection ratings account for a host of factors found on a nursing home's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we consider is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with higher scores in this category typically have very few of these severe deficiencies. While this facility had a few deficiencies on its report, none of them were severe based on CMS' scale. A few minor deficiencies should not stop you from considering a nursing home.
Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home also received an impressive long-term care score. Indeed, we gave them a B in this category, which happens to be one of our better. Nursing homes that excel in this category tend to provide residents with closer supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. On top of looking at the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents, which is better than the majority of nursing homes. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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The next highest grade we gave this nursing home in any area came in the category of nursing, where we gave it a grade of C. There are many datapoints included in this category. Most of the factors reflect levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides only 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a somewhat concerning figure which is well below average. Finally, despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours, this place actually performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is usually an indicator that a place has sufficient quality controls in place.
Short-term Care Quality
The last category we graded was short-term care. We awarded it a grade of C in this category. This is a decent grade in this area. Short-term care grades are generally used to grade a facility's performance with rehabilitation. In order to have quality rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally need to provide better levels of highly skilled nursing. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other types of therapists. We were surprised to find that this facility was below average in the two key staffing areas we looked at. It supplied fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most other facilities. It is still important to determine whether this also correlates to a lower quality of care. The last statistic we looked at in this area is the percentage of residents who ultimately were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that just 4.6 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
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, 8.97% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 2.2% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of patients that sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of nursing care . Falls are often caused by poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 1.68% of Patients had UTIs
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients that sustained UTI's. While more infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it is difficult to compare between facilities due to facilities having differing reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 11.03% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients receiving antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 16.78% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic indicates the percentage of long-term stay residents who are administered antianxiety drugs. These drugs are generally given to residents suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 3.1% of Patients
This is the percent of patients who are demonstrating signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 80.03% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 12.44% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and bathing.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 20.97% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percent of long-term patients that retained mobility levels.
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 1.3 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is critical to preserving the physical health of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 20.97 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 11.03 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the emergency room and the overall quality of rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Desert Highlands Care Center, 73.85% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with ADL's often correlates with better rehabilitation.
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