Western Slope Health Center is a senior living facility in Placerville, California, which has a population of 36,726 people. We awarded it an overall grade of B-, which is a middle of the pack grade. This grade was right in line with the city grade in Placerville. One of the highlights of this nursing home's profile is its impressive long-term care score, which we will address in the next section.
Western Slope Health Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
3280 Washington Street,
Placerville CA 95667
86.56% estimated occupancy 1
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Dialysis Transportation
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Colostomy Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Catheter Care
- Radiation Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home really fared well in the area of long-term care, with a grade of A in this area. This really propped up its overall grade quite a bit. Nursing homes that receive this type of grade in long-term care typically provide consistent 24/7 care to ensure patients are kept in good health. After looking at the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we turned to the facility's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Vaccines are critical to keeping residents healthy. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.03 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Inspections is another area where this facility excelled. In fact, we awarded this nursing home an B+ for our inspections category. This grade is far more impressive than the facility's overall grade. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in calculating these inspection ratings. One critical factor is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies end up being quite insignificant. This nursing home received 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This tells you that the government inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies to cause an immediate threat to patient safety or health. We should point out that deficiency-free inspections are rare in this industry.
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This nursing home also received a strong grade in our nursing category. We awarded this nursing home an above average grade of B in this area. We looked at the qualifications of nurses working for the nursing home, in addition to the number of hours those nurses spent with residents, in computing our score in this category. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This place performed very well in terms of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Short-term Care Quality
The next category we assessed is short-term care, was this facility's worst category. We awarded this facility a D in this category. This was one of the few dings on a quality profile. Our short-term care grade is generally used to grade a facility's rehabilitation services. To have high-end rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally need to offer higher levels of highly skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other highly trained professionals. It appears that this nursing home was below average in terms of its quantity of registered nurse and physical therapy hours provided to its patients based on the metrics we assessed. The final statistic we looked at in this area is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 5 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these subpar statistics doomed this nursing home's short-term care score.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Western Slope Health Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Western Slope Health Center, 7.45% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are routinely the result of residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care limits the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Western Slope Health Center, 1.7% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure measures the percent of long-term residents which have sustained a fall which caused severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be an indication of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Western Slope Health Center, 1.24% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely the result of nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Better hygiene protocols can reduce the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. We want to point out that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Western Slope Health Center, 10.1% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many patients, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used only where medically required. In some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Western Slope Health Center, 13.85% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric gauges the percent of long-term residents that are given antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically given to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Western Slope Health Center, 4.64% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients demonstrating symptoms of depression. Some experts would argue that this is a measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Western Slope Health Center, 95.44% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Western Slope Health Center, 7.92% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Western Slope Health Center, 12.45% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Western Slope Health Center, 1.61 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care. There is generally a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Western Slope Health Center, 12.45 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Western Slope Health Center, 9.83 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Western Slope Health Center, 79.79% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of performance with ADL's generally correlates with successful rehabilitation.
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