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Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services

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Updated Mar 1, 2023 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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1200 Birchwood Avenue,
Bellingham WA 98225

(360) 734-9295

78.69% estimated occupancy 1

With an address in Bellingham, Washington, Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services is one of five 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. Bellingham received a city grade of B-, so there are some other options in the city worth looking at. More information on this facility's category grades may be found below. Its best category is short-term care, which is addressed in the next section.

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Quick Details

  • 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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • X-Ray
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2022)
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Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

Even though we didn't rate this nursing home favorably overall, we want to point out its relatively favorable short-term care rating. We gave it a B+ in this category. In the category of short-term care, we strive to evaluate measures of a facility's rehabilitation services. We analyze a facility's skilled nursing services, such as the ones performed by registered nurses and physical therapists. Unfortunately, we weren't able to find information about this nursing home's registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. Lastly, we considered the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 5.3 percent of this facility's residents returned home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

We awarded this facility a respectable grade in the area of nursing as well, with a grade of B-. Our nursing score looks at the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. We look at both the levels of training of those nurses and the quantity of hours spent with residents. This facility provided just 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a relatively low total compared to most other facilities. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures. While this place got dinged a bit for nursing hours, it actually excelled in some of these quality-based measures. With fewer than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it did well in this area. This can be a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as by having a system of turning a patient even once per day.

Facility Inspections

Grade: F

Among this facility's alarming category grades was an F for its inspection grade. More often than not, this means we found some red flags on the facility's inspection reports. With nursing homes that received this bad of an inspection score, we recommend scrutinizing the severe deficiencies on its inspection report. This facility was hit with 9 deficiencies on its inspection report. The only positive thing we can say is that none of these deficiencies were in the categories that indicate that they caused a risk to resident safety or health. Finally, this facility also received 11 substantiated complaints in recent years. This is yet another bad sign.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: F

The final area we graded was long-term care, in which this facility was given an abysmal score here as well. It received an F for this category, which is definitely somewhat alarming. Facilities that receive this kind of grade in this category may not provide the type of consistent 24/7 care that some other nursing homes offer. In addition to assessing the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. Frankly, we were a bit bothered by the fact that this facility gave the vaccine to only 90.243904 percent of its patients. To our surprise, this place was actually decent at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had just 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. This is its best feature in this category.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 8.76% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This gauges the percentage of long-term residents that developed new or worsened pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a great barometer of the quality of nursing care a facility provides.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 2.93% of Patients had Serious Falls

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care patients who suffered a fall leading to major injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be an indication of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-minus

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 2.58% of Patients had UTIs

This figure is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who suffered from a UTI. Although more infections could reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it is difficult to compare different nursing homes due to facilities having reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 8.29% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who are administered antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in scenarios where such medications aren't medically indicated. However, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these drugs due to having more patients suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 16.26% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of residents prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are typically used to treat residents suffering from depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-minus

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 5.37% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents who are demonstrating symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 93.23% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 14.36% of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 25.73% of Residents

This metric tracks the percentage of long-term patients who maintained mobility.


Grade: A-plus

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: D

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 25.73% of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical well-being of patients.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 5.99% of Patients

This is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-minus

In Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services, 84.24% of Resident

This is the percentage of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with ADL's often correlates with successful rehabilitation.

Scores for Bellingham, WA

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

Looking for more options? Bellingham, Washington has 4 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • St Joseph HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 0.67 miles away2901 Squalicum Parkway Bellingham Washington 98225Voluntary non-profit - Other(360) 734-5400
  • Island HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 19.93 miles away1211 24th Street Anacortes Washington 98221Government - Hospital District or Authority(360) 299-1300

Nearby Dialysis

  • Davita Mt Baker Kidney Center0.53 miles away410 Birchwood Suite 100 Bellingham Washington 98225CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 26 (360) 734-4243