With an address in Palm Desert, California, Monterey Palms Health Care Center is one of just three available facilities in the city. This facility was awarded an overall grade of B-, which is a good rating. Based on our assessment, this facility has some redeeming qualities. The best part of this place's profile is is its inspection grade. We discuss inspections in the next section.
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Monterey Palms Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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Registered Staff Hours
To pair with its decent overall score, we gave this facility an A- for our inspections rating. This grade is far better than its overall grade. Arguably the most significant factor we consider in determining our inspection grades is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities with higher scores in this category most likely dodged the most severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. This facility received 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This tells you that CMS didn't consider any of the deficiencies to pose an immediate risk to patient safety or health. Keep in mind that deficiency-free inspection reports are uncommon in the industry.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home also was awarded a positive score in our short-term care category. We awarded this nursing home an above average grade of B+ in that area. Our short-term care scores are based in part on the nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled nursing services. This includes a broad spectrum of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, in addition to other variations of therapy. It does not appear that this facility provided information about its staffing of registered nurses or physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 6.1 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
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Long-term Care Quality
The third area we analyzed is long-term care. In that area, we gave this nursing home a grade of B. It actually performed better than most nursing homes in this area. When facilities receive a score in this range in this category it typically means it has plenty of staff and is a quality place to live on a permanent basis. On top of considering the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients. Vaccines are vital to keeping residents out of the hospital. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.03 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
The last category we assessed was nursing, was this nursing home's weakest area. We gave this nursing home a D in this category. This is one of just a couple of weak links on an otherwise strong report card. Our nursing grade analyzes the facility's level of nurse staffing. We factor in both the levels of training of the nurses as well as the number of hours spent with residents. This facility provided just 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low total compared to most nursing homes. In addition to receiving below average scores for total nursing hours, this nursing home was a bit less impressive in some of the quality-based measures we looked at in calculating our nursing grades. We looked at the percentage of residents experiencing pressure ulcers and found this place was at approximately 150 percent of the national average in this metric. This is a bad sign when you consider that many bed sores are preventable with better nursing care. Unfortunately, this statistic really dragged down this nursing home's nursing rating substantially.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Monterey Palms Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 10.34% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of long-term stay patients that suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are a solid measure of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 2.78% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of patients who have had a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are often caused by lower levels of patient supervision. More supervision minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 0% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely caused by worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this datapoint can also be skewed for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 7.58% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients who are prescribed antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior in scenarios where such medications are not medically indicated. However, some nursing homes need to rely on these drugs due to having more patients with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 26.42% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic gauges the percentage of long-term care residents taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 0% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients exhibiting depressive symptoms. Higher rates of depression may reveal worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 100% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for seniors, making these types of vaccines important for resident well-being.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 2.67% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and continence. Some would argue this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 4.29% of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients who retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 0.03 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. There is a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the overall quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 4.29% of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 10.26% of Patients
This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to measure patient well-being during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Monterey Palms Health Care Center, 85.14% of Resident
Measures the percent of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements.
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