Gold Country Health Center is located in Placerville, California. It looks like this is a great facility. We gave this it an overall grade of B+, which is very favorable score. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top third of all facilities in the United States. This nursing home's impressive report card was highlighted by its nursing score, which we will address in the next paragraph.
Gold Country Health Center
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Other
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Colostomy Care
- Catheter Care
Registered Staff Hours
On top of receiving a strong overall grade, this facility performed well in our nursing category. We awarded it an A for that category, which is one of our highest scores. Nursing grades are tied to quality and quantity of nursing care. This nursing home averages 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This place performed very well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility received strong grades in the area of short-term care as well. Indeed, we gave it one of our highest grades in that area with a score of A. Our short-term care grades are vital for patients seeking rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually mandates higher levels of highly-skilled nursing. This includes a wide spectrum of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we considered the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 6.4 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
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In addition, this facility also received first-rate government inspections in recent years. We gave them one of our better scores in that area, with a grade of B+. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in determining our inspection ratings. One critical factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some of these end up being relatively minor. This facility received 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This indicates that the inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies an immediate threat to patient safety or health. A couple minor dings aren't necessarily the end of the world.
Long-term Care Quality
The final area we scored is long-term care. In that category, we awarded this facility an acceptable grade of C. This proved to be this nursing home's weakest category. Long-term care grades focus on a facility's assistance with daily living instead of the highly skilled therapy and medical services that are critical to a rehabilitation facility. In addition to considering the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. Fortunately, this nursing home administered the vaccine to 98.591545 percent of its residents, which is a very respectable figure. This nursing home also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Gold Country Health Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Gold Country Health Center, 7.62% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay residents that suffer from pressure ulcers . We consider this statistic when determining our nursing grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Gold Country Health Center, 1.67% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of patients that suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Falls resulting in injury are routinely the result of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Gold Country Health Center, 1.21% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of nursing care . UTI's are often the result of a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this statistic can be skewed for certain nursing homes due to different reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Gold Country Health Center, 10.06% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of long-term patients who are prescribed antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in situations where such drugs are not medically required. However, some facilities may need to rely on these drugs due to having more residents with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Gold Country Health Center, 13.91% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of residents who were given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are administered to residents suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Gold Country Health Center, 4.33% of Patients
This is the percent of residents who are showing depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Gold Country Health Center, 95.72% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Gold Country Health Center, 8.37% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term care residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and eating. Some experts believe this is a measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Gold Country Health Center, 14.05% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of patients that retained mobility levels over time. Preserving mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
In Gold Country Health Center, 1.49 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is key to maintaining the physical health of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Gold Country Health Center, 14.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the health of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Gold Country Health Center, 9.85 Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to assess patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Gold Country Health Center, 79.63% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term patients that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some believe that this is a reasonable measure of rehabilitation performance.