Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound is on a list of 10 options in Tacoma, Washington. We awarded this facility an impressive overall grade of A-. Indeed, it proved to be the best facility in Tacoma according to our rankings. Based on our ratings, this nursing home is just about as as good as it gets. If you scroll down, you will see this facility's category ratings, which are also quite good.
Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
630 South Pearl Street,
Tacoma WA 98465
86.83% estimated occupancy 1
- 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
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
To go along with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for its nursing grade. Our nursing rating is largely based on a nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed 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 place the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as employing a system of turning residents at least once a day.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility also was given an A+ for its short-term care grade. Our short-term care ratings are based in part on the facility's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This means a broad range of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, not to mention other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 6.1 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
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In addition, this nursing home received a very good inspection report this year as well. It received one of our better scores in that category with a B. Arguably the most important factor we look at in determining our inspection ratings is deficiencies. These deficiencies are found on a facility's inspection reports. Facilities with higher scores in this category most likely dodged the most severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. This nursing home was assessed 7 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered to be major deficiencies. This tells you that the inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies to pose an immediate risk to patient safety or health. We should note that deficiency-free inspections are rare in the industry.
Long-term Care Quality
The last area we scored was this facility's worst category. Nevertheless, even its weakest link would actually be a highlight for most facilities. In fact, we awarded it a favorable grade of B for our long-term care category. Nursing homes that do well in long-term care typically are well-staffed and provide extensive hands on care to patients. On top of considering the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home gave the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients, which is very impressive. Pneumonia can be a dangerous condition for nursing home residents so we like it when a nursing home doesn't leave its residents vulnerable. Lastly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, 7.09% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint gauges the percentage of long-term patients which suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are a great barometer of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, 2.86% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of long-term residents who suffered a fall resulting in severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be an indicator of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, 2.28% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. These infections may be linked to inadequate hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, 13.8% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients receiving antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to confirm these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, 12.29% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term care patients receiving antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, 13.74% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients who are showing depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, 93.71% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for seniors, making these types of vaccines critical to patient well-being.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, 13.94% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with ADL's may be a sign of deterioration of a resident's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, 21.78% Percentage of Residents
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who maintained mobility. Many argue that the ability to move around is vital to residents' mental and physical well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, 21.78 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, 10.98 Percentage of Patients
This metric tracks the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound, 74.42% Percentage of Resident
Measures the percent of short-term residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many in the industry would argue this is a reasonable measure of a nursing home's 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
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