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Avamere at Pacific Ridge

  • Nursing Home
  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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Avamere at Pacific Ridge's website

3625 East B Street,
Tacoma WA 98404

(253) 475-2507

79.8% estimated occupancy 1

Avamere at Pacific Ridge is located in the large metropolitan area of Tacoma, Washington. With an overall score of B-, this is likely a middle of the pack nursing home. Based on our assessment, this place is a good fit for most people. The best part of this facility's profile is is its nursing rating. Nursing grades are discussed in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Limited Liability company
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling

Registered Staff Hours

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Nurse Quality

Grade: A-minus

The main thing propping up this facility's profile is its elite nursing grade. In fact, we awarded this facility an A- in that category. Nursing grades are based largely on quality and quantity of nursing care. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in the area of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B-plus

Inspections is another area where this nursing home excelled. In fact, we gave 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 determining these inspection scores. One of those factors is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies end up being relatively insignificant. This facility was assessed 4 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 CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies an immediate threat to resident health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B

In addition, we also would like to point out that this facility received strong long-term care marks in this assessment. We awarded them one of our more favorable grades in this area, with a grade of B. For prospective patients seeking a permanent residence as opposed to skilled nursing, long-term care grades are very important. After assessing the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination record. This nursing home vaccinated 85 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is a few points below what we were hoping for but still a reasonably acceptable percentage. Although its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we like to see, we were pleased to find facility was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: D

This nursing home's weakest area was short-term care, which is the last category we scored. For this category, we gave this facility a D. In calculating these short-term care ratings, we analyze the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our objective is to devise a barometer for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different facilities. In this nursing home's case, we found that it provides less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the average facility. The last item we looked at in this area is the percentage of patients that ultimately were able to return home from the nursing home. This facility struggled quite a bit in this metric as well, with just 2.8 percent of its residents returning home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Avamere at Pacific Ridge Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 6.98% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients which developed new or worsened pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are an measure of the quality of nursing care a facility provides.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 3.03% of Patients had Serious Falls

This statistic is an indication of the percent of long-term residents which had a fall which caused major injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be a sign of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 2.22% of Patients had UTIs

This figure indicates the percentage of long-term patients which have had a UTI. Although more of these infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it can be problematic to compare between nursing homes due to nursing homes having inconsistent reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 13.94% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of residents given antipsychotic drugs. These drugs are sometimes used for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: C

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 12.35% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percent of residents who were given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are administered to patients experiencing anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-minus

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 13.68% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of residents showing signs of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 93.98% of Patients

This is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 13.82% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and bathing.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 23.27% Percentage of Residents

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who retained mobility levels. Some would argue that mobility is vital to patients well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 0.96 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care. There is a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the quality of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: D

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 23.27 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 11.24 Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In Avamere at Pacific Ridge, 74.06% Percentage of Resident

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some argue that this is a reasonable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation performance.

Scores for Tacoma, WA

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

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

Nearby Hospitals

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  • Highline Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 16.65 miles away16251 Sylvester Road Sw Seattle Washington 98166Voluntary non-profit - Private(206) 244-9970

Nearby Dialysis

  • Renal Care Group Northwest, Inc.1.72 miles away1717 South J Street Tacoma Washington 98405Dialysis Stations: 20 (253) 627-1995
  • Renal Care Group Northwest, Inc.2.14 miles away5825 Tacoma Mall Blvd Ste 103 Tacoma Washington 98409CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 22 (253) 671-9937
  • Renal Care Group Northwest, Inc.2.49 miles away1415 E 72nd St Tacoma Washington 98404CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 14 (253) 474-2310
  • Tacoma Dialysis Center2.68 miles away3401 S 19th St Tacoma Washington 98405CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 13 (253) 573-1600
  • Nkc Fife Kidney Center4.08 miles away6021 12th Street E, Suite 110 Tacoma Washington 98424Dialysis Stations: 10 (253) 943-6335
  • Parkland Dialysis Center5.07 miles away311 140th St S Tacoma Washington 98444CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 21 (253) 536-5961
  • Lakewood Community Dialysis Center5.71 miles away5919 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd Sw #A Lakewood Washington 98499CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 25 (253) 512-2400
  • Rainier View Dialysis Center6.32 miles away1822 112th St East Suite A Tacoma Washington 98445CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 10 (253) 539-5659