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Sandia Ridge Center

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Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: F
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2216 Lester Drive Ne,
Albuquerque NM 87112

88.92% estimated occupancy 1

Note: Sandia Ridge Center has been flagged for abuse in the past 12 months. We have capped this facility's overall grade accordingly.

Sandia Ridge Center turns out to be one of a multitude of available nursing homes you can choose from in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This nursing home was given a rock bottom overall grade based on the data we assessed. Albuquerque received a city grade of C, so there are other options in the city worth considering. More information on this facility's category grades is available below. Its best category was nursing, which is discussed in the next section.

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Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Amputee Recovery
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • X-Ray
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Optometry
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2022)
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Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

While this facility's overall score was as bad as it gets, it actually didn't perform as badly in the area of nursing. We gave it a B- for that area. Our nursing score is primarily tied to the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This facility provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a relatively low total compared to most other facilities. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this place surprisingly excelled in some of the quality-based metrics we assessed. It scored well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good 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.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This nursing home also didn't rate terribly in the category of short-term care. Indeed, we gave it a B- for that category, which turned out to be another one of its higher scores. In forming our short-term care grades, we analyze the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our purpose is to formulate a tool for comparing the rehabilitation services of various facilities. In this nursing home's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the average facility. Finally, we assessed the number of residents who who were able to eventually return home from this facility. We found that 5.6 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home. This figure was quite a bit below the national average.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

This facility also didn't fare terribly in the area of long-term care. Indeed, we awarded it a C in that area, which happens to be among its higher grades. For prospective patients seeking a permanent residence rather than skilled nursing, long-term care is a very important category. Once we looked at the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination statistics. We were pleased to discover that this facility vaccinated 99.77169 percent of its residents against pneumonia. Finally, this facility was also able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Facility Inspections

Grade: F

The last category we looked at is inspections. This nursing home didn't receive favorable inspection reports in recent years. Consequently, we had to give it an F in this category. For facilities that received this poor of an inspection score, we recommend scrutinizing any severe deficiencies on its inspection report. This facility had a category J or K deficiency, which rank among the worst deficiencies. Another area of concern is that 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.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Dec 23

Sandia Ridge Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: C

In Sandia Ridge Center, 10.12% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This statistic measures the percent of long-term care residents who suffered from pressure ulcers or bed sores. We factor in this statistic in computing both nursing and long-term care grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Sandia Ridge Center, 3.88% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a fall leading to severe injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A-minus

In Sandia Ridge Center, 0.48% of Patients had UTIs

This gauges the percent of long-term residents which had UTI's. UTI's may be an indicator of a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. However, this metric can also be misleading for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: C

In Sandia Ridge Center, 20.75% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term care residents that are administered antipsychotic medication. Increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in scenarios where such medications are not medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes may need to rely on these medications due to having more residents suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B

In Sandia Ridge Center, 18.49% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. These medications are commonly given to residents experiencing anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-minus

In Sandia Ridge Center, 6.6% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients exhibiting depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Sandia Ridge Center, 98.42% of Patients

This is the percentage of residents who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Sandia Ridge Center, 19.21% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and using the bathroom.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-minus

In Sandia Ridge Center, 12.99% of Residents

This is the percent of patients who maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility is often a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In Sandia Ridge Center, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is important to maintaining the physical health of patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Sandia Ridge Center, 12.99% of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B

In Sandia Ridge Center, 12.03% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: C

In Sandia Ridge Center, 71.05% of Resident

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of short-term care residents that experienced functional improvements.

Scores for Albuquerque, NM

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

Looking for more options? Albuquerque, New Mexico has 17 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

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  • Presbyterian HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 5.27 miles away1100 Central Avenue Se Albuquerque New Mexico 87106Voluntary non-profit - Private(505) 724-8386
  • Lovelace Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 5.48 miles away601 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave Ne Albuquerque New Mexico 87102Voluntary non-profit - Private(505) 727-8000
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  • Unm Sandoval Regional Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 15.63 miles away3001 Broadmoor Blvd Ne Rio Rancho New Mexico 87144Voluntary non-profit - Private(505) 994-7402

Nearby Dialysis

  • Albuquerque East (Dci)1.84 miles away905 Louisiana Blvd Ne Albuquerque New Mexico 87110CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (505) 254-1800
  • Albuquerque Kidney Center (Fmc)1.94 miles away11296 Lomas Blvd Ne Albuquerque New Mexico 87112CMS Rating: 1 stars Dialysis Stations: 21 (505) 298-5557
  • Sandia Peak Dialysis2.35 miles away10410 Copper Pointe Way Ne Albuquerque New Mexico 87123Dialysis Stations: 12 (505) 299-0657
  • North Albuquerque Dialysis Center (Fmc)3.09 miles away5200 San Mateo Blvd Ne Albuquerque New Mexico 87109CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (505) 883-7599
  • Del Norte Dialysis3.19 miles away5201 San Mateo Blvd Ne Albuquerque New Mexico 87109Dialysis Stations: 17 (505) 884-4820
  • Gibson Dialysis Center (Fmc)4.02 miles away5400 Gibson Blvd Se Ssuite 100 Albuquerque New Mexico 87108Dialysis Stations: 25 (505) 255-0111
  • Unm Pediatric Dialysis4.66 miles away2211 Lomas Blvd Ne Box 256 Albuquerque New Mexico 87106Dialysis Stations: 4 (505) 925-4387
  • Albuquerque Dialysis (Dci)4.69 miles away1500 Indian School Rd Ne Albuquerque New Mexico 87102CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 32 (505) 724-1500