Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home is a senior living facility located in Hilo, Hawaii, which has 46,165 people. With an overall grade of B+, this nursing home is one of the 50 best nursing homes in Hawaii. This place truly has plenty working in its favor. This facility also received strong scores in all four of the major categories. More information about these categories can be found below.
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Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
- Adult Day Care
- Memory Care
Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Government - State
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Peritoneal Dialysis
- Physical Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
To pair with its impressive overall grade, we awarded this nursing home an A- for our nursing score. Nursing grades are tied to levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can frequently be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Short-term Care Quality
One of the other reasons we rated this nursing home so highly is that it was given a favorable short-term care score. In fact, short-term care is its second best category score. In that category, we awarded this facility a grade of A-. Short-term care grades are typically employed to assess a nursing home's rehabilitation services. To offer highly scored rehabilitation services, facilities generally need to offer higher levels of skilled nursing services. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other highly skilled individuals. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last item we looked at in this area is the number of patients who were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
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Long-term Care Quality
This facility is also above average in the area of long-term care, where it was awarded a grade of B+. It performed more favorably than most nursing homes in this category. For prospective patients seeking a permanent residence rather than skilled nursing, long-term care grades are a key measure. One of the datapoints we considered after nursing hours is vaccinations. This nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccination to 78.743965 percent of its patients. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Turning to inspections, it appears this facility has received quality inspections in recent years as well. We gave it a B in this category. Arguably the most important factor we consider in computing our inspection scores is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a facility's inspection reports. Places with higher grades in this area typically avoided the most severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 8.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 2.42% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a fall leading to serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 0.97% of Patients had UTIs
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that have suffered from urinary tract infections. Although a higher rate of these infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's nursing care, it can be difficult to compare different facilities due to differing reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 17.39% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to patients for many medical conditions, such as cognitive disorders. Tragically, in some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 7.32% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who are prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are used to treat patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 5.05% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who are exhibiting signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 86.1% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term care patients who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines vital to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 11.46% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and taking a bath.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 14.04% of Residents
This is the percentage of residents who remained mobile levels over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 0.43 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is key to maintaining the physical health of patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 14.04% of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 24.93% of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, 86.42% of Resident
Measures the percent of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many would argue that this is a measure of rehabilitation performance.
Scores for Hilo, HI
- Overall Rating has a grade of A-minus
- Nurse Rating has a grade of A-minus
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of A
- Inspection Rating has a grade of B-plus
Looking for more options? Hilo, Hawaii has 4 other nursing homes
- Hilo Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 0.02 miles away1190 Waianuenue Avenue Hilo Hawaii 96720Government - State(808) 932-3000
- Hilo Dialysis2.69 miles away1384 Kinoole Street Big Island Hilo Hawaii 96720CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 48 (808) 935-3422