Healthcare Center of Orange County is an average-sized nursing home located in Buena Park, California. This nursing home is a relatively poor nursing home. A score in this range suggests we found some red flags. In our view, we'd be very reluctant to recommend this nursing home. The best thing we can say about this facility is that it didn't receive any F's in any of the categories we assessed. More information about its category grades can be found below.
Healthcare Center of Orange County
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
Registered Staff Hours
While we gave this facility a poor overall grade, we actually awarded it a somewhat respectable grade in the area of inspections, where it received a B-. This was better than its other categories. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing our inspection ratings. One critical factor is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies are quite minor. This nursing home was hit with 6 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This tells you that the government inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies to create an imminent threat to resident health or safety. A few minor deficiencies aren't necessarily the end of the world.
We awarded this facility a respectable grade in the area of nursing as well, with a grade of C. When computing a nursing home's nursing score, we assess the quantity of hours nurses are seeing residents and the level of skill of the nurses. This facility provided just 0.6 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a relatively low total compared to most other facilities. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics. Although this nursing home got docked a bit for nursing hours per resident, it excelled in some of these quality measures. With fewer than five percent of its residents suffering from pressure ulcers, it performed remarkably well in this subcategory. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as employing a system of moving residents more frequently.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facility's third most favorable category ended up being its short-term care score, where it was given a C. In our short-term care category, we try to create a fair barometer for rehabilitation services. In this process, we assess the nursing home's levels of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. Unfortunately, we found that this place provided fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other nursing homes. Finally, we considered the percentage of patients that ultimately returned home from this nursing home. We found that 4.3 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home. This figure was actually quite a bit below the national average.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we rated is long-term care, was this facility's worst area. We gave this nursing home a D in that category. In a long-term care setting, the nursing home's primary objective is to maintain patients' quality of life and keep them safe. In addition to looking at the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients, which is better than most nursing homes. Surprisingly, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.03 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home has less hospitalizations than most nursing homes. Sadly, a few of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Healthcare Center of Orange County Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 7.62% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term care residents that developed new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We use this statistic in calculating our nursing grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 1.67% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents who have had a fall which resulted in major injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 1.21% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of patients who 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 caused by a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this datapoint could be skewed for certain facilities due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 10.06% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of long-term stay patients which are administered antipsychotic medication. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate 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 more on these drugs due to having more residents with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 13.91% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This measures the percent of long-term care residents taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 4.33% of Patients
This is the percent of patients who are showing depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 95.72% of Patients
This is the percent of patients who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 8.37% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and taking a bath.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 14.05% Percentage of Residents
This is the percent of residents that remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 1.49 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 14.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 9.85 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between keeping patients out of the emergency room and the quality of rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 79.63% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with ADL's typically correlates with superior rehabilitation services.
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