Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is in De Kalb, Texas, a city with 5,568 people. We gave this nursing home an F, which is really a bottom of the barrel score in our grading scheme. If you are not satisfied with this facility's pedestrian overall grade, you may have to look in other cities as this is the only nursing home in De Kalb. More information on this facility's category grades may be found below. Its best category is long-term care, which is discussed in the next section.
Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Individual
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
Registered Staff Hours
Long-term Care Quality
Unfortunately, we didn't have any favorable things to say about this nursing home's overall grade or its category grades. Its best category was long-term care. Nevertheless, with a grade of D in this area, it still performed poorly. For long-term care residents, the facility's primary objective is to maintain residents' quality of life and keep them safe. After looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 97.60766 percent of its patients against pneumonia, which is better than the vast majority of nursing homes. Surprisingly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this facility has less hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. Unfortunately, some of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.
Short-term Care Quality
Sadly, this facility's second highest score is short-term care. However, with a grade of D in this area, it still performed relatively badly. In our short-term care grade, we attempt to craft a sound 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 respiratory therapy. With a grade of this caliber for this area, we weren't stunned to learn this facility was below average in two of the key staffing areas we looked at. The facility offered substantially fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most facilities. The final statistic we assessed in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that just 5.2 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these poor statistics was damning for this nursing home's short-term care score.
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We were stunned to find that this facility also excelled in the area of nursing. In fact, we gave it an impressive grade of D for that category, which is one of our best grades. The nursing score features a variety of subcategories. The most important variable is the quantity of hours nurses spend with patients. This nursing home averaged a meager 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident each day. This statistic is significantly below average. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in calculating our nursing ratings. This facility performed well in the area of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers.
Turning to our final category of inspections, this facility received a grade that's as bad as it gets. We weight this category more heavily than our other categories. When a nursing home has this bad of an inspection grade, you should expect some severe deficiencies on its inspection report. Severe deficiencies indicate a threat to patient safety. This facility was assessed 6 deficiencies by government inspectors. The only positive thing we can say is that none of these deficiencies were in the categories that indicate they caused a risk to resident safety or health. Lastly, we also want to draw your attention to the fact that this place was assessed large government fines amounting to over $100,000. This typically indicates that a poor track record has been an issue for multiple years.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 7.94% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often the result of patients staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3.28% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents who have had a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are often associated with lower quality nursing care. Better nursing protocols minimizes the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1.64% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents who experienced urinary tract infections. While more infections may reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it can be problematic to compare different facilities due to nursing homes having reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 11.75% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. These medications are sometimes used for several conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 22.77% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4.66% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 94.73% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 17.29% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of the decline of a patient's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 18.08% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who maintained mobility.
In Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1.58 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care. There is typically a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 18.08 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Ponderosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 11.87 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.