Lake Balboa Care Center
16955 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys CA 91406 · (818) 343-0700 · 90.8% estimated occupancy 1Updated: Aug 1, 2020 · By Sara Levinsohn
Lake Balboa Care Center is a small nursing home located in Van Nuys, California. Sporting an overall rating of B+, this facility should work for most prospective residents. This actually proved to be the best nursing home in Van Nuys. This place is better in some categories than others, but it did not have any poor grades in any of our major areas discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.
Accepts Medicare 1 :
Accepts Medicaid 1 : 50 Beds
For profit - Corporation
Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2019)
In addition to performing well in its overall grade, this nursing home performed at an even higher level in the area of inspections. In fact, it received a nearly flawless inspection report this year. As a result, it received one of our highest grades in that category with a score of A. Arguably the most important factor we look at in computing our inspection ratings is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places with better scores in this area typically dodged the more severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. This nursing home was hit with 6 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This means that CMS did not deem any of these deficiencies to be an imminent risk to resident safety or health. The fact that none of the deficiencies were severe leaves us less concerned with this inspection report.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility was awarded strong marks in the area of short-term care as well. Indeed, it received one of our best scores in that category with a score of A. Short-term care ratings are based on the nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This means a broad scope of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, in addition to other types of therapy. This nursing home excelled in the two key staffing areas we assessed. The facility offered about 50% more care from registered nurses and physical therapists than the typical nursing home. This is generally an excellent sign. The last item we assessed in this category is the percentage of patients that ultimately returned home from the nursing home. We found that it fared as well as just about any facility in California in this area with 65.9 percent of its residents returning home. At most facilities, fewer than half of their short-term residents are able to return home.
This nursing home also received a strong nursing score. In fact, we awarded it an above average grade of B in this area. We scrutinized the skill-level of nurses at the nursing home, as well as the quantity of time the nurses worked with patients, in calculating our grade in this category. This nursing home boasts a really impressive 4.9 hours of nursing care per patient each day, of which a significant portion was provided by registered nurses. This is one of the more highly trained levels of nurses. This is one of the higher totals of nursing hours we found at any facility. On top of offering impressive levels of nursing care, this facility also excelled in the quality-based metrics we assessed. It performed as well as any facility in the country when it comes to avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we analyzed was long-term care. In this area, we awarded this facility an acceptable grade of C. This proved to be this facility's least impressive category. Our long-term care grades are based on a nursing home's quantity of nursing services. This includes a vast range of personal care services, ranging from help with activities of daily living to routine healthcare services. In addition to assessing the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. We weren't able to track down this place's vaccination data. Finally, this nursing home was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Overall Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Lake Balboa Care Center Quality Metrics
Short-term Care: ER Visits
This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
This is a measure of the percentage of short-term patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some would argue that this is a measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.
Percentage of Resident
Higher is Better