La Sierra Care Center is a small nursing home located in Merced, California. This nursing home proved to be a quality facility, with an overall grade of B+. This proved to be one of the three best nursing homes in Merced. As you can see below, this facility also performed just fine in our category ratings. It would be hard to poke holes in this place's profile.
La Sierra Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
Long-term Care Quality
To go along with its strong overall grade, we gave this nursing home an A- for our long-term care rating. Long-term care grades in this range generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. On top of assessing the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 99.39759 percent of its residents, which is much higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Turning to another one of this facility's strengths, it also received a very impressive inspection score. In fact, inspections turned out to be one of its best category grades. In that area, we awarded this facility an A-. Inspection grades weigh several factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we rely on is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with higher grades in this category generally have few of these severe deficiencies. This particular nursing home received 3 deficiencies on its inspection report. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
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This facility is also strong in the area of nursing, where it received a grade of B. It outperformed most nursing homes in this category. Our nursing score is primarily tied to the nursing home's nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics 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 nursing home California in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as employing a system of moving a patient more often.
Short-term Care Quality
The last category we graded was short-term care. This facility received an above average short-term care grade this year, with a B. This nursing home really doesn't have any weak links. In crafting our short-term care scores, we analyze the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. The objective is to devise a scale for comparing the rehabilitation services of different facilities. It does not appear that this nursing home provided data regarding its registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. Lastly, we considered the percentage of residents who were able to return home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
La Sierra Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In La Sierra Care Center, 7.45% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure measures the percentage of long-term residents that are suffering from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are an indicator of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In La Sierra Care Center, 1.7% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure gauges the percentage of long-term patients that have experienced a fall which caused serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be an indication of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In La Sierra Care Center, 1.24% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often associated with poor nursing care. Better hygiene protocols can minimize the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Note that this datapoint is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In La Sierra Care Center, 10.1% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many patients, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In La Sierra Care Center, 13.85% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic indicates the percent of long-term patients taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In La Sierra Care Center, 4.64% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who are exhibiting symptoms of depression. Some experts would argue that this is a measure of patient quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In La Sierra Care Center, 95.44% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In La Sierra Care Center, 7.92% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term patients who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and continence.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In La Sierra Care Center, 12.45% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients that retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
In La Sierra Care Center, 1.61 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In La Sierra Care Center, 12.45 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In La Sierra Care Center, 9.83 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to gauge patient well-being during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In La Sierra Care Center, 79.79% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many argue that this is a measure of rehabilitation performance.
Scores for Merced, CA
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
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