Located in Chilhowie, Virginia, Valley Health Care Center is the lone nursing home we found in this city. This nursing home is a middle of the road facility, with an overall grade of C. This place has a few things going for it. One of the highlights of this nursing home's profile is its strong inspection reports, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
Valley Health Care Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
940 East Lee Highway,
Chilhowie VA 24319
88.88% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
To pair with its relatively modest overall score, we gave this facility an A- for its inspection grade. This grade is far more impressive than the facility's overall rating. Arguably the most important factor we consider in calculating our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a facility's inspection reports. Nursing homes with better scores in this area most likely dodged the most severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. While this place had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none of them were serious based on CMS' scale. A few minor deficiencies shouldn't stop you from considering a nursing home.
One of the other reasons we rated this facility so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing grade. This turned out to be its second best category grade. In that area, we gave this facility an B. Our nursing score assesses the nursing home's nurse staffing levels. We weigh both the levels of licensure of those nurses as well as the number of hours spent with patients. This nursing home provides 3.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at certain nursing quality-based metrics in computing our nursing grades. These include minimizing residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We look at these datapoints as predictive indicators of the quality of nursing care provided, since better care tends to reduce these problems.
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Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home's third highest category was its short-term care score, where it was awarded a B-. Our short-term care grades are critical for residents seeking rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually requires additional skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes a vast spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. We were pleased to find that this nursing home employs both registered nurses and physical therapists. The same can't be said for all nursing homes. Finally, we considered the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that it performed decently in this area, with 47.4 percent of its residents returning home.
Long-term Care Quality
Turning to our last category, we gave this nursing home a D for the area of long-term care. This is the facility's worst category rating. In a long-term care setting, the facility's primary goal is to maintain patients' quality of life and keep them safe. One of the factors we considered on top of nursing hours was vaccines. Thankfully, this facility administered the pneumonia vaccine to 96.456696 percent of its patients. To our surprise, this nursing home was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had just 0.71 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. Unfortunately, a few of its other scores in the category weren't as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Valley Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Valley Health Care Center, 8.83% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure is is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients which suffered from pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are an barometer of a facility's nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Valley Health Care Center, 3.6% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injury are often linked to poor nursing care. More supervision can reduce the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Valley Health Care Center, 2.65% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a barometer of nursing care . UTI's are often the result of a facility with lower levels of hygiene. Nevertheless, this datapoint could also be misleading for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Valley Health Care Center, 13.5% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to residents for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Tragically, in some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Valley Health Care Center, 21.24% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Valley Health Care Center, 4.13% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who are exhibiting depressive symptoms. Higher levels of depression could indicate lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Valley Health Care Center, 91.75% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Valley Health Care Center, 16.97% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and bathing.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Valley Health Care Center, 23.72% Percentage of Residents
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents that maintained mobility.
In Valley Health Care Center, 1.22 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the overall quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Valley Health Care Center, 23.72 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Valley Health Care Center, 11.68 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Valley Health Care Center, 75.36% Percentage of Resident
This datapoint measures the percentage of short-term stay residents that saw functional improvements.
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