With an address in Bellingham, Washington, Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services is one of a mere three available nursing homes in this city. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of D. A grade in this range typically indicates a few concerning datapoints. Bellingham received a city grade of B+, so there are some other options in the city worth looking at. Despite all this, one of the few highlights of this nursing home's report card is its strong short-term care rating. You can continue reading to learn more about short-term care and other category scores
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Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services
- Nursing Home
Updated Mar 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- 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
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Short-term Care Quality
While we were not high on this facility overall, we awarded it a grade of B for our short-term care grade. Our short-term care grades are based in part on the facility's quantity of highly-skilled nursing services. This means a vast scope of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other types of therapy. Unfortunately, we were not able to locate registered nurse or physical therapy staffing data for this facility. Lastly, we assessed the number of patients who returned home from this facility. We found that 5.3 percent of this nursing home's residents were able to return home.
One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing score. This turned out to be its second best category grade. In that area, we gave this nursing home an B. We scrutinized the skill-level of nurses working for the nursing home, as well as the quantity of hours those nurses were with residents, in calculating our grade in this area. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a protocol of moving a patient at least once a day.
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Unfortunately, this nursing home received an F for its inspection score. This is a very important category. Scores in this range usually mean we found some red flags on the facility's government inspection reports. When a place has this bad of an inspection score, you should expect some severe deficiencies on its inspection report. Severe deficiencies indicate a risk to resident safety. This particular nursing home had 9 deficiencies by CMS. The only favorable thing we found is that none of these deficiencies were in the categories that suggest that they posed a risk to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility also received 11 substantiated complaints in recent years. This is yet another bad sign.
Long-term Care Quality
The next category we rated is long-term care. It received a lowly F in this category, which is an abysmal score. When facilities receive a grade in this range in long-term care it typically means the facility didn't perform well in our measures relating to resident care. One of the criteria we considered after nursing hours was vaccinations. We were a bit bothered by the fact that this facility administered the pneumonia vaccination to a relatively low 90.243904 percent of its patients. Surprisingly, this nursing home actually fared well at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. This was its best score in this category.
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, 7.46% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely the result of residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care can minimize the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 2.9% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of residents that sustained a fall leading to major injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 2.29% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint gauges the percentage of long-term residents who have had a UTI. UTI's could be an indication of a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. However, this metric may be misleading for some facilities due to different reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 13.89% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who were administered antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may mean that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such medications are not medically required. Nevertheless, some facilities may need to rely more on these medications due to an increased number of residents suffering from dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 12.61% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 13.28% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents who are exhibiting depressive symptoms. Some experts believe this is a reasonable measure of resident quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 92.89% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 14.67% Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and taking a bath.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 18.81% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percentage of residents that retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 0.99 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 18.81 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 12.21 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 75.22% Percentage of Resident
This is a measure of the percentage of short-term patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some believe that this is a reasonable measure of rehabilitation performance.
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