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Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation

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  • Contracted Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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6220 South Alaska Street,
Tacoma WA 98408

(253) 476-5300

63.73% estimated occupancy 1

Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation is in Tacoma, Washington, which is one of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the nation. Featuring an overall score of D, this is a lower end nursing home. Based on our assessment, this facility may not be a great fit for most people. The best thing we can really say about this facility is that it didn't receive any F's in any of the categories we assessed. More information about these categories can be found below.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Limited Liability company
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: B-minus

Although we did not have many favorable things to say about this nursing home's overall score, it earned a respectable inspection report this year. As a result, it received a decent score in that category with a B-. Inspection grades are based on several pieces of information located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Deficiencies are a key thing to look for on these inspections. Severe deficiencies indicate a risk to the well being of residents. This particular nursing home received 8 deficiencies on its inspection report. Overall, this is still a solid inspection report, but we'd always recommend looking into any deficiencies you find troubling.

Nurse Quality

Grade: C

We also ended up giving this facility a fairly respectable grade in the area of nursing, where it received a grade of C. Nursing scores are mostly tied to a nursing home's nurse staffing. This nursing home provides only 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient per day. This is a somewhat concerning figure as it is well below the national average. Lastly, nursing scores also consider quality-based metrics, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours, this facility actually performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is usually a good indicator that a nursing home has sufficient quality controls in place. Some falls could be avoided if a facility provides enough nurses to assist its patients.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: C

This nursing home's third highest category ended up being its short-term care grade, where it received a grade of C. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we analyze the facility's levels of highly skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other highly trained professionals. This grade is considered to be a reliable assessment of the nursing home's ability to rehabilitate patients. In this nursing home's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the average facility. The final statistic we assessed in this category is the number of residents that were able to return home from the facility. We found that just 5.5 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

Our last category is long-term care, where we awarded this nursing home a C in this area. In a long-term care environment, the facility's primary objective is to keep patients as healthy and safe as possible. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate patients. In addition to assessing the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 90.909096 percent of its residents. This is slightly lower than we anticipated but still a decent percentage. Nevertheless, this nursing home excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Sep 22

Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, 7.09% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage resulting from remaining in one position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-minus

In Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, 2.86% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are routinely linked to lower quality nursing care. More supervision can limit the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, 2.28% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percent of patients who have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely associated with worse hygiene protocols. Better nursing care minimizes the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. We want to point out that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have varying reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, 13.8% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior in situations where such drugs aren't medically required. However, some nursing homes may need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of residents with cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, 12.29% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic gauges the percent of long-term stay patients taking antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, 13.74% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of residents who are exhibiting depressive symptoms. Higher rates of depression may be an indicator worse patient care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, 93.71% of Patients

This is the percent of residents who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, 13.94% Percentage of Patients

This is the percentage of patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A

In Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, 21.78% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of residents that were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility can be a good sign for residents' well-being.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: D

In Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, 21.78 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: C

In Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, 10.98 Percentage of Patients

Measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to assess short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-minus

In Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, 74.42% Percentage of Resident

This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term residents that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some experts argue that this is a reasonable measure of rehabilitation services.

Scores for Tacoma, WA

  • Overall Rating has a grade of C
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of C
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of B

Looking for more options? Tacoma, Washington has 9 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

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  • St Clare HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 3.77 miles away11315 Bridgeport Way S W Lakewood Washington 98499Voluntary non-profit - Church(253) 588-1711
  • Madigan Amc (Ft Lewis)Acute Care - Department of Defense 7.59 miles away9040 Jackson Avenue Tacoma Washington 98431Department of Defense(253) 968-1110
  • Multicare Good Samaritan HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 8.06 miles away401 15th Avenue Se Puyallup Washington 98372Voluntary non-profit - Private(253) 697-2102
  • St Francis Community HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 9.07 miles away34515 9th Avenue South Federal Way Washington 98003Voluntary non-profit - Church(253) 944-8100
  • Multicare Auburn Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 13.15 miles away202 North Division Street Plaza One Auburn Washington 98001Voluntary non-profit - Private(253) 833-7711
  • St Anthony HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 13.64 miles away11567 Canterwood Boulevard Nw Gig Harbor Washington 98332Voluntary non-profit - Church(253) 530-2050
  • Highline Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 18.79 miles away16251 Sylvester Road Sw Seattle Washington 98166Voluntary non-profit - Private(206) 244-9970

Nearby Dialysis

  • Renal Care Group Northwest, Inc.0.33 miles away5825 Tacoma Mall Blvd Ste 103 Tacoma Washington 98409CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 22 (253) 671-9937
  • Renal Care Group Northwest, Inc.2.37 miles away1415 E 72nd St Tacoma Washington 98404CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 14 (253) 474-2310
  • Parkland Dialysis Center3.1 miles away311 140th St S Tacoma Washington 98444CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 21 (253) 536-5961
  • Tacoma Dialysis Center3.22 miles away3401 S 19th St Tacoma Washington 98405CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 13 (253) 573-1600
  • Renal Care Group Northwest, Inc.3.36 miles away1717 South J Street Tacoma Washington 98405Dialysis Stations: 20 (253) 627-1995
  • Lakewood Community Dialysis Center3.43 miles away5919 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd Sw #A Lakewood Washington 98499CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 25 (253) 512-2400
  • Rainier View Dialysis Center4.02 miles away1822 112th St East Suite A Tacoma Washington 98445CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 10 (253) 539-5659
  • Nkc Fife Kidney Center6.16 miles away6021 12th Street E, Suite 110 Tacoma Washington 98424Dialysis Stations: 10 (253) 943-6335