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Emerald Coast Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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Emerald Coast Center's website

114 Third Street Se,
Fort Walton Beach FL 32548

(850) 243-6134

84% estimated occupancy 1

Note: Emerald Coast Center has been flagged for abuse in the past 12 months. We have capped this facility's overall grade accordingly.

Emerald Coast Center is in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The city has a total of 51,828 people. We awarded this nursing home an overall grade of D. A score in this range generally suggests some concerning datapoints. If you are not satisfied with this facility's low overall grade, you may find you have slim pickings in Fort Walton Beach. The city has just two other nursing homes. We wouldn't blame you if you are ready to stop reading and find another nursing home. However, if you want to learn more about this facility's category grades, inspection reports are discussed in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Amputee Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Colostomy Care
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: B-minus

Although we gave this facility a poor overall rating, we actually gave it a somewhat respectable score in the area of inspections, where it received a B-. This was quite a bit better than its other category grades. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in calculating our inspection scores. One of those factors is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be relatively insignificant. Fortunately, although this place had a few minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Lastly, this facility was flagged by CMS for possible abuse or neglect. We prefer to avoid facilities with this designation. Please do your best to find an alternative nursing home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

This nursing home actually received a decent grade in the area of nursing as well. We awarded it a grade of B- for that category, which is not a bad score. Our nursing rating includes quite a few datapoints, many of which are associated with nursing hours. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident on a daily basis. This is a lower figure than we are used to seeing. Lastly, our nursing ratings also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the highest total nursing hours, this place performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is generally a good indicator that a place has quality controls in place. Many falls could be avoided if a nursing home supplies enough nurses aids to assist its patients.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility's third most favorable category was its long-term care grade, where it was awarded a grade of B-. In the area of long-term care, we focus on the amount of services offered by a nursing home, rather than more healthcare-oriented services. On top of looking at the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. Fortunately, this nursing home administered the vaccine to 96.56161 percent of its patients, which is an above average statistic. This facility keeps its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: C

Moving on to the next area, this facility was given a grade of C for short-term care, which is generally a decent rating. Our short-term care scores are based in part on a facility's quantity of highly-skilled nursing services. This includes a vast spectrum of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, in addition to other variations of therapy. In this place's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the average facility. The last measure we looked at in this area is the number of patients 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 actually below average.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Sep 22

Emerald Coast Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Emerald Coast Center, 9.08% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percentage of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin due to remaining in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In Emerald Coast Center, 2.82% of Patients had Serious Falls

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term residents which experienced falls resulting in serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indicator of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Emerald Coast Center, 1.81% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely the result of worse hygiene protocols. Better hygiene protocols can reduce the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Note that this metric is affected by by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Emerald Coast Center, 10.64% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are administered to patients for many conditions, such as cognitive disorders. Unfortunately, in some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: F

In Emerald Coast Center, 21.27% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. These medications are prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Emerald Coast Center, 2.33% of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients showing depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In Emerald Coast Center, 94.94% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Emerald Coast Center, 13.07% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and taking a bath.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Emerald Coast Center, 16.78% Percentage of Residents

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents that retained mobility levels. Some argue that the ability to move around is vital to patients well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In Emerald Coast Center, 1.76 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is important to preserving the physical health of nursing home residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Emerald Coast Center, 16.78 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-minus

In Emerald Coast Center, 9.16 Percentage of Patients

This indicates the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-plus

In Emerald Coast Center, 78.49% Percentage of Resident

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some argue this is a reliable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Fort Walton Beach Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 3.5 miles away1000 Mar-Walt Dr Fort Walton Beach Florida 32547Proprietary(850) 862-1111
  • Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald CoastAcute Care Hospitals 18.01 miles away7800 Us Hwy 98 W Miramar Beach Florida 32550Voluntary non-profit - Other(850) 278-3600

Nearby Dialysis

  • Rcg - Ft Walton Beach3.52 miles away925 Mar Walt Dr Ste 2 Fort Walton Beach Florida 32547CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 38 (850) 864-4411
  • Emerald Coast Dialysis3.68 miles away1112 Hospital Rd Fort Walton Beach Florida 32547Dialysis Stations: 16 (850) 864-4850
  • Fresenius Kidney Care-East Fort Walton Beach3.9 miles away315 Green Acres Road Fort Walton Beach Florida 32547Dialysis Stations: 16 (850) 314-0035
  • Fmc - Niceville10.62 miles away4304 Lancaster Dr Niceville Florida 32578Dialysis Stations: 17 (850) 729-4141
  • Renal Care Group - Navarre14.73 miles away8888 Navarre Pkwy Navarre Florida 32566Dialysis Stations: 16 (850) 515-0810
  • Renal Care Group - Destin18.09 miles away7720 Us Hwy 98 W Suite 150 Miramar Beach Florida 32550Dialysis Stations: 12 (850) 622-9717