Located in Walla Walla, Washington, Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home is one of just a few nursing homes in the area. This is a good nursing home with a B- overall grade. This grade is right in line with the city grade in Walla Walla. Based on our assessment, this facility has some redeeming qualities. One of the highlights of this nursing home's report card is its impressive short-term care grade, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
92 Wainwright Drive,
Walla Walla WA 99362
75.12% estimated occupancy 1
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Government - State
- 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
This nursing home really excelled in the area of short-term care, where it earned an impressive grade of A-. Few facilities performed better in this area. If it wasn't for this grade, this facility's overall score would have been much lower. In crafting these short-term care grades, we analyze the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. The purpose is to formulate a scale for comparing the rehabilitation services of different nursing homes. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we considered the percentage of residents that were able to return home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
Another one of this nursing home's stronger areas was in the category of nursing care. In that area, we gave this facility a grade of B+. Nursing grades are largely associated with the facility's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.6 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in the area of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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We also found that this facility has received favorable inspections in recent years. In fact, we awarded it a B- in this category. This is better than many facilities in this category. We would argue that one of the most critical factors in assessing an inspection report is deficiencies. We especially focus on the severity of those deficiencies. Although this facility had some deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' scale. The fact that the deficiencies were relatively minor leaves us less concerned with this inspection report.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we analyzed is long-term care. We awarded this nursing home a D for our long-term care category, making this its weakest category grade. For residents seeking a permanent place to live as opposed to rehabilitation, long-term care is an important category. After looking at the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 96.61654 percent of its patients against pneumonia, which is more than the average nursing home. To our surprise, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this facility has less hospitalizations than the average nursing home. Sadly, some 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.
Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home, 7.09% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely caused by patients staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home, 2.86% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls resulting in injury are often the result of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home, 2.28% of Patients had UTIs
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who have had urinary tract infections. UTI's could be an indicator of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this metric can be misleading for certain nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home, 13.8% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This gauges the percent of long-term patients who were administered antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in scenarios where such medications aren't medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely more on these medications due to having more patients with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home, 12.29% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of patients who were given antianxiety medications. These drugs are generally used to treat residents experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home, 13.74% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients demonstrating symptoms of depression. Higher rates of depression may be a sign a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home, 93.71% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home, 13.94% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home, 21.78% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home, 1 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 keeping patients out of the hospital and the overall quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Washington State Walla Walla Veterans Home, 21.78 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.
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