With an address in Bellingham, Washington, Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services is one of seven available facilities in the area. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of D. A score of this caliber generally suggests a few red flags. Unfortunately, this grade is not too far off the city grade for Bellingham, which is a C. Nevertheless, you still ought to be able to find a better option More information on this nursing home's category grades may be found below. Its best category is nursing, which is addressed in the next section.
Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
Note: Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services has been flagged for abuse in the past 12 months. We have capped this facility's overall grade accordingly.
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
Although we did not rate this facility well overall, we want to point out its decent grade of B- in the category of nursing. When determining a nursing home's nursing rating, we assess the number of hours nurses spend with residents as well as the level of skill of the nurses. This place provided just 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident daily. This is a low total compared with most facilities. Finally, despite not having the highest total nursing hours, this nursing home performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is usually an indicator that a nursing home has quality controls in place.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home's second most favorable category was short-term care. We awarded it a B- in this category. This is basically a slightly below average grade in this category. In computing our short-term care grades, we analyze the nursing home's levels of highly skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. This grade is often a reliable assessment of the nursing home's rehabilitation. We found that this place was below average in the two key staffing areas we focus on. In fact, it offered fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other nursing homes. It is important to determine whether this also correlates to a lower quality of care. The last datapoint we assessed in this area is the number of patients who ultimately were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that just 5.3 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
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Long-term Care Quality
This facilities next most favorable category is long-term care. We awarded it a B- in this area. This is basically a slightly below average score in this category. In computing our long-term care grades, we look at the nursing home's personal care services. After assessing the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we turned to the facility's vaccination data. We were optimistic to learn that this facility vaccinated 95.98214 percent of its residents against pneumonia. Lastly, this place was also able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Turning to our final category of inspections, this facility received a grade that's as bad as it gets. We weight this category more heavily than our other categories. When a place has this bad of an inspection rating, you should look for severe deficiencies on its inspection report. Severe deficiencies indicate a threat to the well being of residents. This nursing home was assessed 9 deficiencies on its inspection report. The only favorable thing we found is that none of its deficiencies were in the categories that indicate they caused a risk to patient safety or health. Lastly, this facility was flagged by CMS for possible abuse or neglect. We prefer to avoid facilities with this designation. Please do your best to find an alternative nursing home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 7.09% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This gauges the percentage of long-term care residents who have new or worsened pressure ulcers . We consider this statistic when determining both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 2.86% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are often associated with poor nursing care. More supervision can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 2.28% of Patients had UTIs
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who had a UTI. While more infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it is problematic to compare different nursing homes due to facilities having differing reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 13.8% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic indicates the percentage of long-term care residents taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 12.29% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This metric tells you the percent of long-term residents receiving antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 13.74% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay patients showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 93.71% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 13.94% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and using the bathroom.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 21.78% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Optimizing mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 1 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 21.78 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 10.98 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 74.42% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percent of short-term stay patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some experts argue this is a reliable measure of rehabilitation performance.
Scores for Bellingham, 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
- Inspection Rating has a grade of C
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