Healthcare Center of Orange County is an average-sized nursing home located in Buena Park, California. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of F. Based on our assessment, you would be better off to steer clear of this facility. We would not blame you if you're ready to stop reading and find another facility. However, if you want to learn more about this nursing home's category grades, we will discuss inspections in the next paragraph.
Healthcare Center of Orange County
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
Registered Staff Hours
While we graded this facility incredibly poorly overall, it received a fairly respectable inspection report this year. As a result, it received a decent grade in that category with a score of B-. Our inspection grades weigh several factors included in a nursing home's inspection reports. One key criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. Fortunately, although this nursing home had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you that CMS didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A few minor deficiencies aren't necessarily the end of the world.
We were also surprised to find that this facility received a decent nursing grade this year. We gave it a grade of B- in that category. Nursing scores are largely tied to a facility's nurse staffing. 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. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this place surprisingly excelled in some of the quality-based metrics we assessed. In fact, it performed well in terms of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care. In many cases, the quality of nursing care is just as important as the number of hours of care offered.
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Long-term Care Quality
Sadly, this nursing home's third best score is long-term care. As it turns out, with a grade of D in this area, it still fared relatively badly. In a long-term care setting, the facility's primary objective is to keep patients healthy and safe. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate patients. One of the statistics we considered in addition to nursing hours was vaccines. Fortunately, this facility administered the pneumonia vaccine to 100 percent of its residents. To our surprise, this place also keeps its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.03 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. Unfortunately, a few of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.
Short-term Care Quality
The final area we scored was short-term care, which proved to be this facility's weakest category. We gave this facility a grade of D in this area. In calculating our short-term care scores, we look at the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. Our goal is to devise a tool for sizing up the rehabilitation services of various facilities. Not surprisingly, we found that this nursing home provides far less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the average facility. The final item we considered in this category is the number of residents who ultimately returned home from the facility. This nursing home struggled quite a bit in this area as well, with just 3.9 percent of its residents returning home.
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, 7.45% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 1.7% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injury are considered by many experts to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls resulting in injury are often the result of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 1.24% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely the result of facilities with worst hygiene practices. Better hygiene protocols limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Note that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 10.1% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are prescribed to residents for many medical conditions, such as dementia. Sadly, in limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 13.85% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. These medications are given to residents experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 4.64% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term stay patients demonstrating depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 95.44% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 7.92% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and bathing. Some believe that this is a reasonable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 12.45% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients who were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 1.61 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 12.45 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 9.83 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Healthcare Center of Orange County, 79.79% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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