Desert Terrace Healthcare Center is an average-sized facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. This facility was awarded an overall grade of B, which is favorable score. This grade was right in line with the city grade in Phoenix. The best part of this place's profile was is its short-term care rating. short-term care grades are discussed in the next section.
Desert Terrace Healthcare Center
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Lymphedema Care
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
On top of faring well overall, this nursing home received even higher grades in our short-term care rating. It earned one of our best grades in that category with an A-. In the area of short-term care, we strive to assess measures of a nursing home's rehabilitation services. We analyze a nursing home's skilled nursing services, including the ones performed by registered nurses and various therapists. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final datapoint we looked at in this category is the number of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We discovered that 6.3 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
In addition, this facility also excelled in inspections, where it earned an A-. Inspection ratings account for several factors found on a nursing home's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we weigh heavily is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Places with better scores in this area tend to have very few severe deficiencies. This nursing home was hit with 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This means that CMS didn't consider any of these deficiencies an imminent risk to resident health or safety. The fact that the deficiencies were relatively minor leaves us less concerned with this inspection report.
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This facility is also strong in the area of nursing, where it received a grade of B. It outperformed most nursing homes in this category. When calculating our nursing ratings, we look at both the number of hours nurses spend with residents and the training levels of those nurses. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as having a protocol of moving a patient even once per day.
Long-term Care Quality
Our next area is long-term care, where we gave this nursing home a B- in that category. Long-term care grades are typically used to judge a nursing home's performance as a traditional nursing home, as opposed to focusing more on the skilled nursing services offered by a rehabilitation facility. In addition to looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 93.61702 percent of its patients. This is slightly below what we expected but still a decent figure. Nevertheless, this facility was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Desert Terrace Healthcare Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Desert Terrace Healthcare Center, 9.03% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often caused by residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Desert Terrace Healthcare Center, 2.25% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of patients that suffered from a fall resulting in severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Desert Terrace Healthcare Center, 1.58% of Patients had UTIs
This figure is a measure of the percent of long-term patients which have had a UTI. UTI's may be a sign of lower quality nursing care. However, this datapoint could also be skewed for certain facilities due to varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Desert Terrace Healthcare Center, 11.13% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are given to residents for many conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias. Sadly, in limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Desert Terrace Healthcare Center, 16.92% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients who were given antianxiety medications. These medications are prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Desert Terrace Healthcare Center, 2.87% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who are exhibiting signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Desert Terrace Healthcare Center, 81.19% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Desert Terrace Healthcare Center, 12.86% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living may indicate the decline of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Desert Terrace Healthcare Center, 23.01% Percentage of Residents
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents that remained mobile levels.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Desert Terrace Healthcare Center, 23.01 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Desert Terrace Healthcare Center, 10.95 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Desert Terrace Healthcare Center, 73.63% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term residents who saw functional improvements.
Scores for Phoenix, AZ
- Overall Rating has a grade of B
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
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