University Care Center

Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn

Historical Rating
Grade: A
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5602 University Ave,
San Diego CA 92105

(619) 583-1993

81.26% estimated occupancy 1

University Care Center is in the densely populated metropolitan area of San Diego, California with a total of 1,241,364 people. This facility is one of the most impressive facilities we found. This nursing home was given one of the top grades that we offer. This facility proved to be one of the better nursing homes in San Diego, which boasts a strong selection of nursing homes. As you will see below, this nursing home also performed just fine in our category grades. It's hard to poke holes in this nursing home's profile.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

In addition to being an elite nursing home overall, this nursing home also excelled in the area of inspections, where it received an A+. Few nursing homes fared this well in this area. Inspection scores are tied to datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that receive favorable grades in this category typically have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. While this nursing home had a few minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you that CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. A couple relatively minor dings aren't necessarily the end of the world.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing grade. In that category, we awarded this facility an A. When calculating a facility's nursing rating, we weigh the number of hours nurses commit to patients as well as the skill levels of the nurses. This facility provided 3.9 hours of nursing care per patient each day, which was above the national average. Finally, this place was also above average in each of the major quality-based metrics we assessed in this category. For example, it performed well when it comes to avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. These areas are generally reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

We also would like to point out the fact that this nursing home received an elite score of A in our short-term care category. In determining our short-term care grades, we analyze a facility's levels of highly skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This grade is frequently a reliable assessment of the facility's rehabilitation services. This nursing home elevated its grade in this category by offering more care from registered nurses to its residents than the average facility. The final metric we assessed in this category is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. It performed as well as just about any nursing home in California in this area with 62.9 percent of its residents returning home. Unfortunately, at most facilities, fewer than half of their short-stay residents are able to return home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

In the last area, we gave this facility a grade of A+ for its long-term care score. This wrapped up a very strong profile. Nursing homes that excel in this category typically provide patients with more supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. Once we looked at the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then looked at the facility's vaccination statistics. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its patients against pneumonia, which is far higher than most nursing homes. Finally, we looked at the facility's number of hospitalizations. While it had 2.32 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, its risk adjusted score was close to the national average due to it having more complicated patients.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jun 22

University Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In University Care Center, 7.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are often caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In University Care Center, 1.66% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in major injury are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Major falls are often the result of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-plus

In University Care Center, 1.19% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percentage of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often associated with lower quality nursing care. Closer supervision reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. We want to point out that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have varying reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A

In University Care Center, 9.98% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric gauges the percentage of long-term residents taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In University Care Center, 13.87% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic measures the percent of long-term stay patients that were administered antianxiety medication. These drugs are given to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In University Care Center, 4.32% of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay patients exhibiting symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In University Care Center, 96.21% of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A

In University Care Center, 8.35% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and eating.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In University Care Center, 14.01% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of patients who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In University Care Center, 1.49 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In University Care Center, 14.01 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical abilities of patients.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B

In University Care Center, 9.82 Percentage of Patients

This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In University Care Center, 79.69% Percentage of Resident

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

Scores for San Diego, CA

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

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Nearby Dialysis

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