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Desert View Care Center of Buhl

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Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B
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Desert View Care Center of Buhl's website

820 Sprague Avenue,
Buhl ID 83316

(208) 543-6401

72.63% estimated occupancy 1

Please note our records indicate that Desert View Care Center of Buhl has changed ownership recently and while our data on this page is up-to-date there is a chance that the quality of this facility may change under new management.

Desert View Care Center of Buhl is in Buhl, Idaho. Sporting an overall rating of B, this appears to be a good nursing home. This nursing home definitely has plenty working in its favor. Lastly, this facility had an ownership change in the last year, so we will need to make sure it keeps up its high scores under new ownership.

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Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Limited Liability company
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Medication Management
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2023)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: B-plus

Part of the reason this nursing home performed well overall is it fared well in the area of inspections, with a B+ in that area. It outperformed most nursing homes in this category. Inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can find more information about each of these items by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Even some of the best nursing homes receive an occasional ding on their inspection report.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

This facility received a very good nursing grade this year as well. It received one of our better scores in that category with a grade of B. Our nursing rating is largely associated with the facility's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this nursing home 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 nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a system of moving a resident at least once a day.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B

This nursing home received a strong long-term care grade as well. We gave it one of our higher grades in that category with a grade of B. Facilities that do well in this category typically provide residents with better supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. After we finished looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses, we next considered the facility's vaccination data. This nursing home vaccinated 99.3421 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia tragically can be a deadly illness for nursing home residents so we prefer when a nursing home doesn't leave this to chance. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

The last category we assessed was short-term care. We gave this facility one of our better scores in that category, with a B. This facility ended up being relatively strong in each category we looked at. In our short-term care grade, we seek to create a fair barometer for rehabilitation. In this process, we analyze a facility's level of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of patients who returned home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents returned home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Dec 23

Desert View Care Center of Buhl Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Desert View Care Center of Buhl, 5.62% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term care patients who developed new or worsened pressure ulcers . We factor in this statistic in computing both nursing and long-term care grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-plus

In Desert View Care Center of Buhl, 0.66% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure measures the percent of long-term care patients who suffered falls which resulted in serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls could be an indication of lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Desert View Care Center of Buhl, 0% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percentage of patients who have had a urinary tract infection. These infections are linked to insufficient hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Desert View Care Center of Buhl, 32.73% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term care patients who were administered antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior in scenarios where such drugs are not medically indicated. However, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these drugs due to an increased number of residents suffering from dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Desert View Care Center of Buhl, 13.42% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percent of residents who were given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Desert View Care Center of Buhl, 10.27% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents exhibiting depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Desert View Care Center of Buhl, 99.67% of Patients

This metric measures the percent of long-term care residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for seniors, making these types of vaccines critical to patient care.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Desert View Care Center of Buhl, 12.14% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay residents that needed more 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 Desert View Care Center of Buhl, 10.12% of Residents

This indicates the percent of residents that remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility is often a good sign for residents' health.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Desert View Care Center of Buhl, 10.12% of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: C

In Desert View Care Center of Buhl, 71.81% of Resident

This indicates the percent of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

Nearby Hospitals

  • St Luke's Magic Valley RmcAcute Care Hospitals 12.93 miles away801 Pole Line Road West Twin Falls Idaho 83301Voluntary non-profit - Private(208) 814-1000
  • St Luke's JeromeCritical Access Hospitals 15.18 miles away709 North Lincoln Avenue Jerome Idaho 83338Voluntary non-profit - Private(208) 814-9500

Nearby Dialysis

  • Magic Valley Kidney Center13.53 miles away350 N Haven Dr Ste 100 Twin Falls Idaho 83301Dialysis Stations: 18 (208) 735-3914
  • Twin Falls Dialysis Center14.35 miles away582 Pole Line Rd Twin Falls Idaho 83301CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (208) 733-2006