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Ballard Center

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: F
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Ballard Center's website

820 Northwest 95th Street,
Seattle WA 98117

(206) 782-0100

67.04% estimated occupancy 1

Note: Ballard Center has been flagged for abuse in the past 12 months. We have capped this facility's overall grade accordingly.

Ballard Center is just one of 26 facilities in Seattle, Washington. The city has far more options than most areas in the state. With an overall grade of F, we consider this to be a bottom of the barrel facility. Based on our ratings, this place is not a fit for anyone. We would not blame you if you are ready to stop reading and find another nursing home. However, if you want to learn more about this nursing home's category grades, nursing grades are discussed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Oncology Care
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

While we graded this facility incredibly poorly overall, it received a fairly respectable nursing grade this year. We gave it a grade of B- in that category. Nursing grades are largely based on the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides only 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient daily. This is a somewhat concerning figure as it is well below the national average. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this facility surprisingly excelled in some of the quality-based metrics we assessed. In fact, it scored well when it comes to minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care. In some cases, the quality of nursing care is every bit as important as the quantity of hours of care offered.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

We were also surprised to discover that this facility received a solid short-term care grade in our assessment. We awarded it a grade of B- in this area. Short-term care ratings are based on a nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This means a vast range of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other types of therapy. In this nursing home's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the typical facility. The final datapoint we considered in this category is the number of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We discovered that just 4.7 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is actually below average.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: F

In our next category, we gave this facility a rock-bottom F in the area of long-term care. When facilities receive a grade in this range in this category it generally means the nursing home didn't perform well in our measures relating to resident care. In addition to assessing the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. Candidly, we were a bit alarmed this nursing home gave the vaccine to a relatively low 79.12371 percent of its patients. To our surprise, this facility was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this nursing home had fewer hospitalizations than many nursing homes. This was its best score in this category.

Facility Inspections

Grade: F

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. You should pay special attention to any deficiencies on a facility's inspection reports when it receives this poor of an inspection score. We would pay close attention to the level of severity of those deficiencies. This particular facility was hit with a category G through L deficiency, which rank among the more severe categories of deficiencies. These categories indicate that the deficiencies found by the government inspectors had the potential to cause actual harm to residents. Another area of concern is that CMS flagged this nursing home for possible abuse or neglect. This is not what you want to see. We advise you to direct your search elsewhere.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Sep 22

Ballard Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Ballard Center, 7.09% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care can reduce the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In Ballard Center, 2.86% of Patients had Serious Falls

This statistic measures the percent of long-term care patients that sustained falls which resulted in severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be an indicator of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-minus

In Ballard Center, 2.28% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely linked to lower quality nursing care. Closer supervision minimizes the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Keep in mind that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Ballard Center, 13.8% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These medications are sometimes used for treating several conditions, including cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Ballard Center, 12.29% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents receiving antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Ballard Center, 13.74% of Patients

This tells you the percent of residents who are demonstrating signs of depression. Higher rates of depression may be an indicator worse patient care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Ballard Center, 93.71% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Ballard Center, 13.94% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and continence.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Ballard Center, 21.78% Percentage of Residents

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who were able to retain mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Ballard Center, 1 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Ballard Center, 21.78 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the health of patients.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-plus

In Ballard Center, 10.98 Percentage of Patients

This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between having fewer emergency room visits and the overall quality of rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-plus

In Ballard Center, 74.42% Percentage of Resident

This datapoint measures the percentage of short-term patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry argue that this is a reasonable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation performance.

Scores for Seattle, WA

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

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Nearby Dialysis

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  • Olympic View Dialysis Center5.77 miles away125 16th Ave E, Csb-5 Seattle Washington 98112CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 25 (206) 323-8900
  • Nkc Lake City Kidney Center6.2 miles away14524 Bothell Way Ne Seattle Washington 98155CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 18 (206) 365-0775
  • Nkc Elliott Bay Kidney Center6.23 miles away600 Broadway, Suite 240 Seattle Washington 98122CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 18 (206) 292-2515
  • Nkc Broadway Kidney Center6.59 miles away700 Broadway Seattle Washington 98122CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 15 (206) 292-2705
  • Nkc Seattle Kidney Center6.78 miles away548 15th Ave Seattle Washington 98122Dialysis Stations: 38 (206) 720-3940
  • Puget Sound Kc South7.89 miles away21309 44th Ave W Mountlake Terrace Washington 98043CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 31 (425) 744-1095