Life Care Center of the Willows is an average-sized nursing home located in Valparaiso, Indiana. Featuring an overall grade of D, this is a subpar nursing home. Valparaiso received a city grade of B-, so there are some other options in the city worth considering. The only positive thing we can really say about this place is that it did not receive any F's in in any of the major categories. Additional information about these categories can be found below.
Life Care Center of the Willows
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Individual
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
While this place's overall score was not a highlight, it actually received a very good grade in the area of inspections. In fact, we gave it a B+ for that category, which is one of our better grades. Arguably the most significant factor we look at in calculating our inspection scores is deficiencies. Deficiencies are found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. It is typically in your best interest to avoid nursing homes that have too many severe deficiencies. This place was assessed 6 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none of the deficiencies were considered to be major deficiencies. This indicates that the government inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies to be an imminent threat to resident health or safety. A few minor deficiencies aren't necessarily the end of the world.
Short-term Care Quality
We also awarded this nursing home a respectable grade in the area of short-term care, with a grade of C. Our short-term care grades are based in part on a nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled nursing services. This means a broad range of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, not to mention other variations of therapy. In this place's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than a typical facility. The hope is always that this does not adversely impact the quality of care. Finally, we looked at the number of patients that ultimately were able to return home from this nursing home. We found that 3.8 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home. This figure was actually well below the national average.
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This nursing home actually received a decent grade in the area of nursing as well. We awarded it a grade of C for that category, which is not a bad score. When computing a facility's nursing rating, we weigh the quantity of hours nurses are caring for residents as well as the levels of training of those nurses. This facility provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a relatively low total compared to most other facilities. Finally, despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours per resident, this facility actually performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is usually an indicator that a nursing home has sufficient quality controls in place.
Long-term Care Quality
The next category we looked at is long-term care, which was this facility's least impressive area. We awarded this facility a D in that category. If you are looking for services other than short-term rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each nursing home's long-term care scores. One of the data points we considered in addition to nurse's aid hours is vaccines. Thankfully, this nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccine to 99.06542 percent of its residents. Surprisingly, this nursing home also keeps its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. Sadly, some of its other scores in the category weren't as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Life Care Center of the Willows Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 7.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely the result of residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 3.89% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients which experienced a fall which resulted in major injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be an indication of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 1.96% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely associated with facilities with lower levels of hygiene. Additional nurse staffing minimizes the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. We want to point out that this statistic is affected by by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 13.37% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are given to patients for many medical conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Unfortunately, in some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 21.6% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are typically given to patients experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 12.38% of Patients
This is the percent of residents showing depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 91.56% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for seniors, making these types of vaccines vital to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 16.12% Percentage of Patients
This is the percent of patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 17.5% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of residents who maintained mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 1.36 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care. There is usually a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 17.5 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 11.23 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 73.53% Percentage of Resident
This metric measures the percent of short-term residents who experienced functional improvements.
Scores for Valparaiso, IN
- Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of C
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of C
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
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