Fowler Care Center is the lone facility we were able to find in Fowler, California. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of B. A grade of this caliber requires respectable marks in most areas. Based on our assessment, this facility looks like a solid choice for quite a few people. The best part of this facility's impressive profile was its long-term care grade. Long-term care grades are discussed in the next section
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Fowler Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
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Long-term Care Quality
To go along with its strong overall grade, we awarded this facility a grade of A+ for our long-term care rating. When nursing homes receive a grade in this range in this category it typically means it has plenty of staff and is a quality place to reside on a permanent basis. In addition to assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 100 percent of its residents, which is far higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Among its many impressive grades, this facility earned an excellent nursing score. We gave it an B+ in that area. Nursing scores are primarily associated with the nursing home's nurse staffing. This facility provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this facility 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 frequently be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as employing a policy of turning a patient more frequently.
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This facility received a solid inspection report this year as well, with few dings from the applicable government inspectors. As a result, it earned one of our better grades in that category with a score of B-. Inspection ratings weigh a host of factors included in a nursing home's inspection report. One key criteria we consider is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. It does not look like we have deficiency data for this facility. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
Switching gears to the fourth category, this facility was given a C in short-term care, which is a respectable rating. Our short-term care ratings are arguably most critical for those needing a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically mandates higher levels of highly-skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes not just nursing services, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other types of therapy. Unfortunately, it does not look like this nursing home submitted information about its staffing of registered nurses or physical therapists. The final metric we considered in this category is the number of residents who who were able to eventually return home from the nursing home. We found that just 0 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Fowler Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Fowler Care Center, 1.27% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric indicates the percent of long-term patients which developed pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are a reliable barometer of nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Fowler Care Center, 1.36% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Falls resulting in injury are routinely caused by lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Fowler Care Center, 0.78% of Patients had UTIs
This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term stay patients that suffered from urinary tract infections. UTI's could be a sign of a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this datapoint can be misleading for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Fowler Care Center, 16.33% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of patients given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are given to patients for many conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias. Unfortunately, in limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Fowler Care Center, 28.1% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Fowler Care Center, 4.24% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay patients exhibiting depressive symptoms. Many would argue that this is a reliable measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Fowler Care Center, 96.95% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Fowler Care Center, 10.71% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Fowler Care Center, 6.75% of Residents
This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that retained mobility levels.
In Fowler Care Center, 0.03 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Fowler Care Center, 6.75% of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.