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Life Care Center of Kona

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-plus
Oct 18: A+Nov 18: A+Dec 18: A+Jan 19: AFeb 19: AMar 19: AApr 19: AMay 19: AJun 19: AJul 19: AAug 19: ASep 19: AJan 20: AMar 20: AApr 20: A+May 20: A+Jun 20: A+Jul 20: A+Aug 20: A+Sep 20: AOct 20: AJan 21: AFeb 21: AMar 21: AApr 21: AMay 21: AJun 21: AJul 21: A+Aug 21: A+Sep 21: A+Oct 21: A+Nov 21: A+Jan 22: AFeb 22: AMar 22: AApr 22: AMay 22: B+Jun 22: B+
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Life Care Center of Kona's website

78-6957 Kamehameha Iii Road,
Kailua Kona HI 96740

(808) 322-2790

67.76% estimated occupancy 1

Life Care Center of Kona is the lone facility we identified in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. With an overall grade of B+, this nursing home ended up being one of the top 50 facilities in Hawaii. Based on the data we reviewed, you can do much worse than this place. Fortunately, this nursing home did not have any poor grades in any of the four major categories. More information about its category grades can be found below.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

In addition to receiving a great overall score, this nursing home also earned top notch health inspections in recent years. We awarded it one of our better grades in that category, with a grade of A. Our inspection scores account for a host of factors found on a nursing home's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with higher scores in this category generally have few of these severe deficiencies. Although this facility had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none of them were serious based on CMS' deficiency scale. A couple relatively minor deficiencies aren't necessarily something to panic about.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

This nursing home really excelled in the area of short-term care, where we awarded it a score of A. Very few facilities performed more favorably in this area. In calculating our short-term care scores, we look at a nursing home's levels of highly skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other types of therapists. This score is considered to be a meaningful measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last metric we looked at in this category is the percentage of patients that who were able to eventually return home from the facility. We found that 7.3 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

This nursing home also received a strong nursing score. In fact, we awarded it an above average grade of B+ in this area. Our nursing score looks at the facility's level of nurse staffing. We weigh both the levels of licensure of those nurses as well as the number of hours spent with residents. This nursing home averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a facility has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can frequently be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

The final area we analyzed proved to be this nursing home's worst area. However, even in its weakest link we still gave it a decent grade of C in long-term care. Our long-term care grades are more important for folks in need of more conventional assistance associated with activities of daily living. One of the factors we considered on top of nursing hours was vaccines. Fortunately, this nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccination to 100 percent of its residents. This place keeps its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jul 22

Life Care Center of Kona Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Life Care Center of Kona, 5.65% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percent of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a measure of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Life Care Center of Kona, 2.15% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure indicates the percentage of long-term stay residents who experienced falls resulting in severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indicator of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-minus

In Life Care Center of Kona, 2.54% of Patients had UTIs

This metric gauges the percentage of long-term residents who suffered from UTI's. While a higher rate infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it can be problematic to compare between facilities due to facilities having inconsistent reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Life Care Center of Kona, 8.93% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many patients, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used appropriately. In some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B

In Life Care Center of Kona, 7.57% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This figure tells you the percent of long-term residents taking antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Life Care Center of Kona, 1.47% of Patients

This metric measures the percent of long-term stay patients exhibiting symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Life Care Center of Kona, 97.19% of Patients

This is the percent of patients who were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Life Care Center of Kona, 11.27% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and bathing.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Life Care Center of Kona, 21.75% Percentage of Residents

This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who were able to retain mobility. Many argue that mobility is critical to patients mental and physical health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Life Care Center of Kona, 0.91 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is key to preserving the physical health of patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Life Care Center of Kona, 21.75 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Life Care Center of Kona, 7.15 Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to gauge patient care during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-plus

In Life Care Center of Kona, 75.81% Percentage of Resident

This is a measure of the percent of short-term stay patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some believe that this is a reliable measure of rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Kona Community HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 4.97 miles away79-1019 Haukapila Street Kealakekua Hawaii 96750Government - State(808) 322-9311

Nearby Dialysis

  • Kona Dialysis5.93 miles away78-6831 Alii Drive Suite 336 Kailua Kona Hawaii 96740CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (808) 322-2131