Located in Watsonville, California, Valley Convalescent Hospital is one of just a few available facilities in the area. We gave it an overall grade of B-, which is a middle of the road rating. With no A rated nursing homes in the city, this turned out to be the top nursing home in Watsonville. The best part of this nursing home's profile was its exemplary inspection score. We discuss inspections in the next section.
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Valley Convalescent Hospital
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- Memory Care
Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Meal Delivery
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
The main reason this ended up being a decent nursing home is that it received an excellent inspection score. Its inspection grade was far superior to its overall grade. In the inspections category, we gave this facility an A. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in calculating our inspection scores. One of those factors is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies are relatively insignificant. While this nursing home had some minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those found in categories G through L. This means CMS didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. We should point out that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in the industry.
Long-term Care Quality
Another one of this facility's higher category grades was in the category of long-term care. In that area, we gave this facility a B. It actually outperformed most facilities in this area. When nursing homes receive a score in this range in this category it typically means it has plenty of staff and is an overall good place to reside on a permanent basis. After considering the volume of care provided by nurses, we next considered the nursing home's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia sadly is often a deadly condition for nursing home patients so we prefer when a facility does not roll the dice on this issue. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home's next best category turned out to be its short-term care grade, where it was given a grade of B-. Our short-term care scores are based on the facility's quantity of highly-skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This means a vast spectrum of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, not to mention other forms of therapy. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that this facility submitted data regarding its registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. The last metric we assessed in this category is the number of patients that who were able to eventually return home from the facility. We found that just 4.9 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
Our last category is nursing, in which we gave this facility a grade of C in this category. Our nursing grade is mostly based on a nursing home's nurse staffing. This nursing home averages just 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low figure. On top of ranking poorly in terms of nursing hours offered, this nursing home also lagged behind in certain subcategories that are associated with quality of care. This facility's nursing score was pulled down by poor performance in the area of minimizing pressure ulcers. We found that 15.57377 percent of this facility's patients suffered from pressure ulcers. This is at least double the national average. Since many pressure ulcers can be avoided with sufficient nursing protocols, we reduce a facility's nursing rating when we find this kind of frequency of pressure ulcers.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Valley Convalescent Hospital Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 15.57% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric tells you the percentage of long-term patients that suffered from pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are a reliable barometer of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 4.12% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint is an indication of the percent of long-term residents who have sustained falls which resulted in serious injury. We use this statistic in calculating our nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 0.66% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of patients who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often linked to facilities with lower levels of hygiene. Closer supervision can reduce the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Keep in mind that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 10.88% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric indicates the percentage of long-term residents that are prescribed antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in situations where such medications are not medically indicated. Nevertheless, some facilities need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of patients suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 17.61% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients who were prescribed antianxiety medications. These medications are given to residents experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 0% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who are showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 100% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 13.73% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and eating. Many argue this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 12.9% of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who retained mobility levels.
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital is critical to preserving the physical well-being of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 12.9% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 23.03% of Patients
Measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to gauge patient well-being during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Valley Convalescent Hospital, 65.27% of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term residents who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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