Valle Verde Health Facility is an average-sized non-profit facility located in Santa Barbara, California. This proved to be a grade A facility, which is a superb rating. In fact, we ranked this facility in the top ten percentile of all nursing homes in the United States. Headlining this nursing home's exemplary report card is its short-term care rating, which you can find in the next paragraph.
Valle Verde Health Facility
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
On top of performing well overall, this nursing home received high marks in the area of short-term care as well. As a result, it received our highest grade in that category with an A+. Our short-term care scores are based in part on a facility's quantity of highly-skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This includes a vast spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, not to mention other types of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final datapoint we considered in this category is the number of residents that who were able to eventually return home from the nursing home. We found that 7.3 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
This nursing home also earned an A+ inspection grade, making it one of the rare facilities to receive multiple A+'s in our categories. This score is based on the facility's government inspections. An A+ in this category is one of the best complements we can pay to a facility. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in calculating our inspection scores. One critical factor is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be quite insignificant. While this nursing home had a few minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G through L. This tells you that the inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. A few relatively minor deficiencies aren't necessarily something to panic about.
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This nursing home also received an A+ nursing grade, making it one of the few nursing homes to receive multiple A+ category grades. Our nursing score features a host of datapoints. The most heavily weighted variable is the amount of time nurses spent with residents. This particular nursing home provided 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a system of moving patients more often.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we looked at was long-term care, where this facility was awarded a B. This actually is this nursing home's worst category. A nursing home is doing something right when it's worst score still beats out most other facilities. Nursing homes that do well in this category typically provide residents with closer supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. In addition to considering the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents, which is far higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. Lastly, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Valle Verde Health Facility Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 7.62% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage resulting from remaining in one position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 1.67% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are often the result of lower quality nursing care. Closer supervision reduces the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 1.21% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes associated with insufficient hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 10.06% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many patients, it is important to make sure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 13.91% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint tells you the percent of long-term residents that are given antianxiety drugs. These medications are used to treat residents suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 4.33% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care patients who are demonstrating symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 95.72% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 8.37% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and continence. Many argue this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 14.05% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients who retained mobility levels over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 1.49 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is critical to the physical health of patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 14.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 9.85 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between reduced emergency room visits and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Valle Verde Health Facility, 79.63% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term care residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of independence with activities of daily living often correlates with superior rehabilitation services.
Scores for Santa Barbara, CA
- Overall Rating has a grade of A-minus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of A-minus
- Inspection Rating has a grade of A
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