Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs is in Tooele, Utah. It looks like this is a very respectable nursing home. We awarded it an overall grade of B, which is a quality grade. Based on our assessment, you could do much worse than this facility. The best aspect of this nursing home's strong report card is its short-term care grade. short-term care grades are discussed in the next paragraph
Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
140 East 200 South,
Tooele UT 84074
86.07% estimated occupancy 1
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Short-term Care Quality
In addition to being a quality facility overall, this facility excelled in our short-term care category, where it earned an A. Few facilities fared better in this area. In crafting our short-term care ratings, we quantify the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. Our purpose is to formulate a barometer for comparing the rehabilitation services of different nursing homes. This facility excelled in the two key staffing areas we looked at. It offered more care from physical therapists and registered nurses than the average nursing home. This is generally an excellent sign. The final measure we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients that ultimately returned home from the facility. We found that it performed as well as just about any nursing home in Utah in this area with 61.2 percent of its patients returning home. For most facilities, fewer than half of their short-term residents are able to return home.
Building on its strong performance in other categories, we awarded this facility an B+ for our nursing rating. Nursing ratings are based in large part on levels of nurse staffing. This facility offers 3.5 hours of nursing care per resident on a daily basis, of which more than one hour of those were provided by registered nurses. This is one of the most highly trained levels of nurses. In determining our nursing scores, we attach more significance to hours provided by registered nurses. Lastly, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This facility performed better than average in this area. This is often a good indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can often be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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Turning to another of this nursing home's strengths, it also earned a very impressive inspection rating. In that area, we awarded this nursing home an impressive grade of B+. Our inspection scores are tied to several pieces of information found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that score well in this category typically have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these places generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. This nursing home was assessed 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none were considered to be severe. This indicates that the government inspectors did not consider any of these deficiencies to cause an immediate risk to resident safety or health. Remember that deficiency-free inspections are rare in this industry.
Long-term Care Quality
This facility's least impressive category was long-term care, which is the final area we analyzed. For this area, we awarded this nursing home a grade of D. For patients seeking a permanent residence as opposed to rehabilitation, long-term care is an important category. After considering the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we next considered the nursing home's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 95.7529 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. Surprisingly, this nursing home also fared well at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had only 1.13 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. Unfortunately, some 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.
Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 5.88% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage due to remaining in the same position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 3.49% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic tells you the percent of long-term stay patients who sustained falls leading to serious injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be an indication of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 2.64% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percent of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely the result of nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. More frequent bathing limits the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. We want to point out that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have varying reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 14.28% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint tells you the percentage of long-term care residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents in situations where such medications aren't medically indicated. Nevertheless, some facilities may need to rely on these drugs due to an increased number of patients with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 21.91% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents given antianxiety medications. These medications are used to treat patients suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 11.43% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents who are showing depressive symptoms. Some argue this is a measure of quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 83.42% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 13.23% Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and eating.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 18.94% Percentage of Residents
This is the percent of residents that maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility is often a great sign for residents' health.
In Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 0.9 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care. There is a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 18.94 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 10.55 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 Rocky Mountain Care - Willow Springs, 71.32% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of independence with ADL's generally correlates with successful rehabilitation services.
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