Hi-Desert Medical Center is an average-sized hospital-based nursing home located in Joshua Tree, California. This nursing home was given an A- overall, which is one of our more impressive grades. In fact, we ranked this nursing home in the top third of all nursing homes in the United States. The best part of this facility's impressive report card was its nursing grade. Nursing grades are discussed in the next paragraph
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Hi-Desert Medical Center
- Nursing Home
- Home Health Agency
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Amputee Recovery
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Oncology Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Lymphedema Care
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Registered Staff Hours
In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this nursing home excelled in our nursing category. We gave it an A for that category. The nursing grade features a number of subcategories. The most important factor is the quantity of hours nurses spent with residents. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this nursing home 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 state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a protocol of turning patients at least once a day.
Short-term Care Quality
Among its many impressive grades, this nursing home was given first-rate short-term care score. In fact, we gave it a score of A in that area. In the area of short-term care, we try to evaluate indicators of a nursing home's rehabilitation. We look at a facility's skilled nursing services, including the ones performed by registered nurses and physical therapists. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 6.5 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
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This facility also performed well in our inspection category, which is based on the nursing home's recent government inspection reports. In fact, we awarded it an impressive grade of B+ for that category, which is among our highest scores. Inspection scores are based on several datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that score well in this area have few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these facilities should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. This nursing home was hit with 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This tells you that CMS didn't consider any of the deficiencies to pose an imminent risk to resident health or safety. A few relatively minor deficiencies are not necessarily something to panic about.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we rated is long-term care. In that area, we gave this nursing home a solid grade of B-. This actually was this facility's weakest area. Our long-term care grades are based on a facility's volume of care. This means a vast spectrum of personal care services, ranging from assistance with activities of daily living to routine medical services. In addition to assessing the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 84.97268 percent of its patients. This is pretty significantly lower than average. Nevertheless, this nursing home keeps its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Hi-Desert Medical Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 6.83% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 0.27% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of residents that have had a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are routinely associated with lower quality nursing care. Better nursing protocols can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 6.08% of Patients had UTIs
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Although a higher rate infections could reflect poorly on a facility's cleanliness, it can be problematic to compare different facilities due to differing reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 15.45% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. These medications are used for treating several medical conditions, including dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 22.66% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric indicates the percentage of long-term care patients receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 5.91% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who are demonstrating signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 91.47% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 39.04% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living could be a sign of erosion of a resident's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 45.29% of Residents
This is the percent of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 45.29% of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 13.25% of Patients
This is 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
In Hi-Desert Medical Center, 44.99% of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of independence with activities of daily living often correlates with successful rehabilitation services.
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