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Palms Care Center

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  • Memory Care

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: F
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Palms Care Center's website

1010 Ventura Avenue,
Chowchilla CA 93610

(559) 665-4826

92.76% estimated occupancy 1

Palms Care Center is a small facility located in Chowchilla, California. This nursing home received an F, which is really a bottom of the barrel score in our grading scheme. If you are not happy with this facility's poor overall grade, you may find your options to be limited in Chowchilla. The city has just one other nursing home. More information on this facility's category grades is available below. Its best category was nursing, which is addressed in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Dialysis Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Amputee Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Optometry
  • Audiology
  • Colostomy Care
  • Catheter Care

Registered Staff Hours

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Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

While we gave this facility a terrible overall score, we awarded it a grade of B- for our nursing rating. In determining a nursing home's nursing score, we weigh the quantity of hours nurses are seeing residents as well as the level of licensure of the nurses. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident daily. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Lastly, although this place got dinged a bit for nursing hours per resident, it actually excelled in a few of our quality-based measures. With fewer than five percent of its residents experiencing pressure ulcers, it fared remarkably well in this statistic.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: D

This nursing home's second most respectable score is short-term care, but it still earned just a D in that category. This still happens to be a relatively poor score. In determining our short-term care ratings, we assess the facility's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists speech therapists and other highly trained professionals. This category is more often than not a useful measure of the nursing home's rehabilitation services. Not surprisingly, we found that this facility offers far less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the typical nursing home. Finally, we assessed the percentage of residents who were able to return home from this facility. This nursing home didn't fare well here either. In fact, we found that just 4.6 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

This facility's second least favorable category is long-term care, where it earned a grade of just D in that category. This is a well below average score. For prospective residents in need of a permanent place to live as opposed to rehabilitation, long-term care grades are very important. On top of assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home gave the vaccine to 96.70329 percent of its patients. Surprisingly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this nursing home has less hospitalizations than the average nursing home. Unfortunately, some of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.

Facility Inspections

Grade: F

Turning our last area of inspections, this facility received an F in this area. With facilities that received this bad of an inspection grade, we recommend scrutinizing any severe deficiencies on its inspection report. This facility was assessed 3 deficiencies by government inspectors. The only positive thing we found is that none of its deficiencies were in the categories that suggest that they posed a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility also received 6 substantiated complaints in recent years. This is yet another bad sign.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Palms Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Palms Care Center, 7.62% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often caused by residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Palms Care Center, 1.67% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of patients that have had a major fall. Falls leading to serious injury are often associated with poor nursing care. Better nursing protocols can reduce the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Palms Care Center, 1.21% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percent of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely caused by poor nursing care. Better hygiene protocols can limit 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 incongruent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Palms Care Center, 10.06% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. These medications are sometimes used for treating several medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Palms Care Center, 13.91% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents experiencing depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Palms Care Center, 4.33% of Patients

Measures the percent of long-term patients showing symptoms of depression. Some would argue this is a reliable measure of quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Palms Care Center, 95.72% of Patients

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-minus

In Palms Care Center, 8.37% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and using the bathroom. Many in the industry believe this is a reasonable measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Palms Care Center, 14.05% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percent of residents that retained mobility levels over time. Preserving mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Palms Care 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 critical to preserving the physical well-being of patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Palms Care Center, 14.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: D

In Palms Care Center, 9.85 Percentage of Patients

This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-minus

In Palms Care Center, 79.63% Percentage of Resident

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

Nearby Hospitals

  • Mercy Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 18.65 miles away333 Mercy Avenue Merced California 95340Voluntary non-profit - Private(209) 564-5000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Madera Kidney Center15.25 miles away1560 Country Club Rd Madera California 93638CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 17 (559) 673-5259
  • North Madera Dialysis15.73 miles away720 N. I St. Madera California 93637Dialysis Stations: 22 (559) 664-8780
  • North Merced Dialysis Center17.21 miles away3393 G Street, Bld a Siute A Merced California 95340CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 32 (209) 723-0013
  • Almond-Wood Dialysis17.38 miles away501 E Almond Avenue Madera California 93637CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 22 (559) 664-9252
  • Merced East Dialysis18.04 miles away464 East Yosemite Avenue Ste B Merced California 95340Dialysis Stations: 12 (209) 205-1126
  • Satellite Dialysis Merced19.16 miles away3376 North Highway 59 Suite I Merced California 95348CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (209) 383-7370