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Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center's website

2701 California Street,
Pueblo CO 81004

(719) 561-1300

61.22% estimated occupancy 1

Note: Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center has been flagged for abuse in the past 12 months. We have capped this facility's overall grade accordingly.

Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center is an average-sized facility in Pueblo, Colorado. Sporting an overall grade of D, this is a subpar nursing home. If you are not happy with this facility's pedestrian overall grade, you will be pleased to know there are eight other nursing homes in Pueblo. We would not blame you if you're ready to stop reading and find another facility. However, if you want to learn more about this nursing home's category grades, inspection reports are discussed in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray
  • Pain Management
  • Optometry
  • Colostomy Care
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: B-minus

While we did not rate this nursing home well overall, we wanted to note its decent inspections in recent years. We awarded it a relatively respectable score of B- in that area. Inspection ratings take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can learn more about each of these items by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, CMS flagged this nursing home for possible abuse or neglect. This is not what you want to see. We advise you to direct your search elsewhere.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

One of the other reasons we graded this facility so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing rating. In that area, we awarded this nursing home an B-. When determining a nursing home's nursing score, we assess the number of hours nurses spend with residents and the levels of training of the nurses. This facility provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient on a daily basis. This is a lower figure than we were hoping for. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this facility actually excelled in some of the quality measures we looked at. It performed well in terms of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility was awarded its third best category grade in the area of short-term care. We gave this facility a grade of B- in this category, which is a decent grade. In our short-term care score, we endeavor to craft a fair barometer for rehabilitation. In doing so, we look at the facility's levels of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. Unfortunately, this place was below average in terms of its level of registered nurse and physical therapy hours provided to its patients based on the measures we assessed. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 3.9 percent of this facility's patients returned home. At most nursing homes, closer to half of their residents are able to return home so this figure is below average.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

The final category we looked at was long-term care, which was a weak link for this facility. We gave this nursing home a grade of just D in the area of long-term care. In a long-term care setting, the facility's primary goal is to keep patients healthy and safe. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate residents. In addition to considering the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 96.47059 percent of its patients. Surprisingly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this nursing home has fewer hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. Sadly, 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.

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

Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center, 6.01% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely caused by patients not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: C

In Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center, 3.45% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of residents that sustained a fall resulting in serious injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center, 2.13% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percentage of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. These infections may be linked to poorer hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center, 17.3% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percentage of residents given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to many patients, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used only where medically required. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center, 12.22% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric tells you the percent of long-term stay residents taking antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center, 3.73% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients exhibiting depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center, 85.7% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center, 15.22% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percentage of residents that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center, 20.53% Percentage of Residents

Measures the percent of long-term care patients that remained mobile levels. Many would argue that the ability to move around is important for residents' mental and physical health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center, 1.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is important to the physical health of nursing home patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center, 20.53 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: C

In Desert Willow Health & Rehabilitation Center, 75.24% Percentage of Resident

This is the percent of short-term stay patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of independence with activities of daily living generally correlates with better rehabilitation services.

Scores for Pueblo, CO

  • Overall Rating has a grade of C
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of D
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of B

Looking for more options? Pueblo, Colorado has 8 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Centura Health-St Mary Corwin Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 0.74 miles away1008 Minnequa Ave Pueblo Colorado 81004Voluntary non-profit - Church(719) 557-4000
  • Parkview Medical Center, IncAcute Care Hospitals 4.13 miles away400 W 16th St Pueblo Colorado 81003Voluntary non-profit - Private(719) 584-4000
  • Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo-PsychPsychiatric 4.71 miles away1600 W 24th St Pueblo Colorado 81003Government - State(719) 546-4000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Pueblo South Dialysis (Fmc)0.55 miles away3426 Lake Avenue Ste 110 Pueblo Colorado 81004CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 20 (719) 564-2442
  • Pueblo Dialysis (Fmc)5.96 miles away41 Montebello Rd Ste 102 Pueblo Colorado 81001Dialysis Stations: 21 (719) 545-1575
  • Liberty Dialysis - Pueblo6.71 miles away850 Eagleridge Blvd Pueblo Colorado 81008Dialysis Stations: 18 (719) 253-5980
  • Pueblo West Dialysis (Fmc)10.03 miles away73 N Aspen Ski Way Pueblo Colorado 81007Dialysis Stations: 13 (719) 547-3888