Life Care Center of the Willows is an average-sized nursing home located in Valparaiso, Indiana. Featuring an overall grade of B-, this is a solid facility. This grade is right in line with the city grade in Valparaiso. The best part of this facility's report card was is its inspection score. We discuss inspections in the next section.
Life Care Center of the Willows
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
1000 Elizabeth Dr,
Valparaiso IN 46383
57.29% estimated occupancy 1
- 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
This facility's overall grade was propped up by the fact that it has earned favorable health inspections in recent years. We awarded them a strong score in that area, with a B+. This is a notably better grade than the nursing home's overall score. Inspection ratings are tied to many datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that excel in this category tend to have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. While this nursing home had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those labeled as categories G through L. This means that CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. The fact that none of the deficiencies were severe made us feel better about this inspection report.
Short-term Care Quality
Another one of this nursing home's better category grades came in the area of short-term care. In that category, we gave this nursing home a B+. It actually fared better than most facilities in this category. Short-term care grades are based in part on the nursing home's quantity of skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This includes a vast spectrum of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, in addition to other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the percentage of residents that ultimately returned home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
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This facility's next best category was its nursing grade, where it received a grade of B-. We analyzed the licensure of nurses employed by the nursing home, in addition to the quantity of time those nurses spent with residents, in computing our score in this category. This facility provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident on a daily basis. This is a much lower figure than we were hoping for. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this nursing home fared better in some of the quality measures we assessed. In fact, it performed well in terms of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. Many consider these areas to be measures of the quality of nursing care. In some cases, the quality of nursing care is every bit as important as the number of hours of care provided.
Long-term Care Quality
The final category we scored is long-term care. We gave this nursing home a D in long-term care, leaving this as its weakest grade. For patients in need of a permanent residence rather than skilled nursing, long-term care is a very important category. In addition to assessing the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 99.07407 percent of its patients. To our surprise, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home had less hospitalizations than the average nursing home. Unfortunately, a few of its other scores in the category were not 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, 7.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin resulting from remaining in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 3.93% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay residents which suffered a fall leading to severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be a sign of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 1.87% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often caused by a facility with worst hygiene practices. However, this statistic can also be skewed for certain nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 13.18% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may suggest a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior in scenarios where such drugs aren't medically indicated. Nevertheless, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these drugs due to having more patients with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 21.77% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percent of residents who were prescribed antianxiety medications. These drugs are given to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 12.89% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents who are showing signs of depression. Increased rates of depression could indicate worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 91.48% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 15.74% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term stay patients that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and taking a bath. Some would argue this is a reasonable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 15.7% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients who maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 1.46 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 15.7 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Life Care Center of the Willows, 11.29 Percentage of Patients
Measures 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 Life Care Center of the Willows, 73.78% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term stay patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of independence with activities of daily living typically correlates with successful rehabilitation.
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 C
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A-minus
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