Terrace Gardens Health Care Center is a facility located in Colorado Springs, Colorado which has a population of 525,713 people. We awarded this facility an overall grade of B+. A grade of this caliber requires solid scores in most areas. In fact, we found this facility to be better than most of the nursing homes in Colorado Springs, which has a city grade of B. This nursing home's impressive report card was highlighted by its inspection rating, which you can find in the next paragraph.
Terrace Gardens Health Care Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn
2438 Fountain Boulevard,
Colorado Springs CO 80910
72.44% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
To go along with its favorable overall grade, we gave this facility an A- for the area of inspections. Inspection scores take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can learn more about each of these issues by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Fortunately, although this nursing home had some minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you the inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. The fact that none of the deficiencies were severe made us feel better about this inspection report.
One of the other reasons we graded this facility so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing grade. In that category, we awarded this facility an A-. The nursing rating features many subcategories. The most important one is the amount of time nurses spent with residents. This nursing home provided 3.4 hours of nursing care per resident on a daily basis. Roughly a quarter of these hours were provided by registered nurses, which are among the most skilled nurses. This is an impressive ratio of skilled nursing care. We weight these hours more in determining our nursing grades. Lastly, we also looked at a few quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This place excelled in these areas, with excellent scores for minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. These areas are generally reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.
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Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home also received a favorable short-term care score. In fact, we gave it an above average score of B+ in this category. Our short-term care ratings are likely more meaningful for patients in need of a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually mandates additional skilled nursing. Skilled nursing means not merely nursing services, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. When we assessed this facility's nursing hours, we found it provided substantially more care from registered nurses than most facilities. The final item we assessed in this category is the number of residents that who were able to eventually return home from the facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home rather than remaining at the nursing home permanently.
Long-term Care Quality
The final category we assessed was long-term care. In this category, we awarded this nursing home a decent grade of C. This actually proved to be this facility's worst category. In computing these long-term care ratings, we look at the facility's ability to maintain its permanent residents' health and quality of life. After assessing the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination record. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is more than the majority of nursing homes. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 1.64 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility had fewer hospitalizations than the average nursing home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Terrace Gardens Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 5.94% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a barometer of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often caused by patients staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 3.41% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in major injury are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls leading to injury are often the result of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 2.12% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents that suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often associated with poor nursing care. More frequent bathing reduces the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Keep in mind that this statistic is affected by by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 17.3% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic medications are given to residents for many conditions, such as cognitive disorders. Unfortunately, in limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 12.27% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are typically given to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 3.71% of Patients
This is the percent of residents exhibiting signs of depression. Higher rates of depression may reveal a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 85.88% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term residents that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for seniors, making these vaccines critical to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 15.2% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 20.54% Percentage of Residents
Measures the percentage of long-term care patients who retained mobility levels. Some experts believe that mobility is critical to residents' well-being.
In Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 1.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care. There is generally a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 20.54 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Terrace Gardens Health Care Center, 75.04% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percent of short-term stay residents who experienced functional improvements.
Scores for Colorado Springs, CO
- Overall Rating has a grade of B
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of C
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Inspection Rating has a grade of B
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