Forest Hill is a small non-profit facility located in Pacific Grove, California. After receiving an A+ overall grade, this nursing home has the prestigious distinction of being one of the top 100 facilities in California. This is an impressive achievement in a state with a long list of high-end facilities. In our view, this facility is a wonderful choice for just about anybody. This also is a very consistent nursing home with consistently strong ratings in all of the major categories we assessed. More information about these categories is available below.
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Top Nursing Home in California Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Pacific Grove, California Awards 2019
Top Nursing Home in California Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Pacific Grove, California Awards 2020
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
One of the reasons this turned out to be a great nursing home is that it earned an A+ short-term care grade. This is as good as it gets in this area. Our short-term care ratings are presumably more important for people in need of rehabilitation from their nursing home. Rehabilitation typically requires higher levels of skilled nursing. This includes not merely nursing services, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 6 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing score. In fact, nursing proved to be its second best category grade. In that area, we gave this facility an A. There are many datapoints included in this grade. Many of the datapoints reflect nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.7 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at 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 nursing home California in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a protocol of turning residents more often.
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In addition, this facility also earned a nearly flawless government inspection report. As a result, it earned one of our best grades in that category with an A. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining these inspection ratings. One critical factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is usually more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies end up being relatively minor. This place received 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none of the deficiencies were considered to be major deficiencies. This tells you that CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies to pose an immediate risk to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
Switching gears to the next category, this nursing home was awarded an excellent long-term care grade. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A in that area, resulting in this facility receiving straight A's. When nursing homes receive a score in this range in this category it typically means it's well-staffed and is an overall good place to live on a permanent basis. Once we looked at the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 94.23077 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Vaccines are vital to keeping patients out of the hospital. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Forest Hill Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Forest Hill, 7.45% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of patients staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Forest Hill, 1.7% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are often caused by poor nursing care. Closer supervision reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Forest Hill, 1.24% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes associated with inadequate hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Forest Hill, 10.1% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term care patients taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. 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 Forest Hill, 13.85% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who are prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are commonly prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Forest Hill, 4.64% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay patients who are showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Forest Hill, 95.44% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term patients that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for nursing home residents, making these vaccines vital to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Forest Hill, 7.92% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Forest Hill, 12.45% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percent of residents who retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a great sign for residents' well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Forest Hill, 12.45 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Forest Hill, 9.83 Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Forest Hill, 79.79% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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