Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound
630 South Pearl Street, Tacoma WA 98465 · (253) 671-7300 · 65.16% estimated occupancy 1Updated: Aug 1, 2020 · By Sara Levinsohn
Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound is a small nursing home located in Tacoma, Washington. We gave this facility an overall grade of B+. A score in this range requires favorable marks in most areas. Based on our assessment, you could do much worse than this facility. We were also pleased to find that this nursing home did not have any weak links in any of the four major categories. More information about its category grades can be found below.
Accepts Medicare 1 :
Accepts Medicaid 1 : 60 Beds
For profit - Corporation
Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2019)
Short-term Care Quality
On top of receiving a great overall score, this nursing home received an A+ for short-term care. Our short-term care ratings are meaningful for prospective residents needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually mandates more highly-skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes a vast scope of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. This facility excelled in two key staffing areas we looked at. It provided about 50% more care from physical therapists and registered nurses than the typical nursing home. Finally, we looked at the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that it outperformed the vast majority of facilities in this area with 68.8 percent of its residents returning home.
In addition, this facility received high marks in the area of nursing. As a result, it received one of our highest grades in that category with a score of A+. Nursing scores are primarily associated with a facility's nurse staffing. This facility provided 6 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This was one of the highest figures we found. Furthermore, a significant portion of this care was provided by registered nurses, which are highly skilled nurses. On top of providing high levels of nursing care, this facility also excelled in the quality-based metrics we assessed. It performed as well as any nursing home in the country when it comes to minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls.
We also wanted to emphasize this facility's nearly flawless government inspections in recent years. We gave them a grade of B+ in this category. Perhaps the most significant factor we consider in calculating our inspection scores is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a facility's recent inspection reports. Facilities with better grades in this category typically dodged the more severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. Fortunately, although this place had some minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those labeled as categories G through L. This tells you the government inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. We should point out that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in the industry.
Long-term Care Quality
The final area we graded is long-term care. We gave this facility a solid score in this category, with a grade of C. Even though this isn't as high as many of this facility's other scores, it is nevertheless not a poor grade. For prospective residents seeking a permanent residence as opposed to skilled nursing, long-term care is an important category. One of the statistics we considered on top of nurse's aid hours was vaccinations. It doesn't look like this nursing home submitted information on its vaccination levels. Lastly, this nursing home was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Overall Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound Quality Metrics
Short-term Care: ER Visits
Measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements.
Percentage of Resident
Higher is Better