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Ballou Home for the Aged

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Nov 1, 2021 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A-plus
Oct 18: A+Nov 18: A+Dec 18: A+Jan 19: A+Feb 19: A+May 19: A+Jun 19: A+Jul 19: A+Aug 19: A+Sep 19: A+Jan 20: A+Mar 20: A+Apr 20: A+May 20: A+Jun 20: A+Jul 20: A+Aug 20: A+Sep 20: A+Oct 20: A+Jan 21: A+Feb 21: A+Mar 21: A+Apr 21: A+May 21: A+Jun 21: A+Jul 21: AAug 21: ASep 21: AOct 21: A+Nov 21: A+
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Ballou Home for the Aged's website

60 Mendon Road,
Woonsocket RI 02895

(401) 769-0437

57.67% estimated occupancy 1

Ballou Home for the Aged is a facility in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, a city with a total of 41,186 people. We gave this nursing home an elite overall grade of A+. With a grade of this magnitude, this nursing home turned out to be a better option than the average nursing home in Woonsocket. In our view, this place would be a great choice for most people. Scroll down to find this place's category scores, which also impressed us. You really can't do any better than a straight A report card.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

To go along with its strong overall score, we awarded this facility a grade of A+ for our inspection category. Perhaps the most critical factor we consider in calculating our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies are found on a facility's inspection reports. Facilities with better scores in this category most likely dodged the most severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. Fortunately, although this facility had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you that CMS did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-plus

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 grades are mostly associated with the facility's level of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.7 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a facility has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can generally be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-plus

In the next category we looked at, this facility received high marks in the category of long-term care. For this reason, it received one of our highest scores in that area with a of A+. Nursing homes that receive this kind of score in long-term care typically provide consistent 24/7 care to ensure patients are kept in good health. After we finished assessing the volume of care provided by nurses, we turned to the facility's vaccination record. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia is often a life or death ailment for nursing home residents so we strongly prefer when a facility doesn't leave this to chance. Finally, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

The final area we graded was short-term care, where this nursing home received an A. This rounded out an elite report card. Not many nursing homes received an A- or better in every category. Our short-term care ratings are based in part on the facility's quantity of skilled nursing services. This includes a broad scope of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the percentage of residents that who were able to eventually return home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Ballou Home for the Aged Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Ballou Home for the Aged, 7.54% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percent of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by staying in one position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: C

In Ballou Home for the Aged, 3.81% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of patients who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in major injury are routinely the result of poor nursing care. More supervision can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-plus

In Ballou Home for the Aged, 2.72% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often caused by worse hygiene protocols. Better nursing care minimizes the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. We want to point out that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Ballou Home for the Aged, 17.75% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This figure tells you the percentage of long-term patients who were administered antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents in situations where such medications aren't medically required. However, some nursing homes need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of residents suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: D

In Ballou Home for the Aged, 15.06% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term care patients that are administered antianxiety medication. These drugs are generally used to treat residents experiencing anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Ballou Home for the Aged, 2.96% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who are exhibiting symptoms of depression. Some experts would argue this is a reasonable measure of quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Ballou Home for the Aged, 94.59% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: D

In Ballou Home for the Aged, 17.47% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and continence. Some experts would argue this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-plus

In Ballou Home for the Aged, 23.44% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percent of residents that maintained mobility over time. Optimizing mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.


Grade: B-plus

In Ballou Home for the Aged, 1.17 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of nursing home care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: F

In Ballou Home for the Aged, 23.44 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the health of residents.

Scores for Woonsocket, RI

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

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Nearby Hospitals

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  • Rhode Island HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 14.78 miles away593 Eddy Street Providence Rhode Island 02903Voluntary non-profit - Private(401) 444-4000
  • Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode IslandAcute Care Hospitals 14.84 miles away101 Dudley Street Providence Rhode Island 02905Voluntary non-profit - Private(401) 274-1100

Nearby Dialysis

  • Dialysis Center of Woonsocket0.79 miles away2100 Diamond Hill Road Woonsocket Rhode Island 02895CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 23 (401) 765-4995
  • Bio-Medical Applications of Rhode Island5.52 miles away622 George Washington Highway Lincoln Rhode Island 02865Dialysis Stations: 17 (401) 333-4727
  • Fmc Dialysis Services of Blackstone Valley7.93 miles away42 Cape Road Milford Massachusetts 01757CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 19 (508) 634-4331
  • Davita North Providence Renal Center10.74 miles away1635 Mineral Spring Ave. Providence Rhode Island 02904Dialysis Stations: 18 (401) 354-5340
  • Dialysis Center of Pawtucket11.12 miles away201 Armistice Boulevard Pawtucket Rhode Island 02860CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 21 (401) 722-3313
  • Nna - Pawtucket11.23 miles away79 Division Street Pawtucket Rhode Island 02860CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 15 (401) 723-9995
  • Us Renal Care Foxborough Dialysis11.32 miles away10 Lincoln Rd Suite 101 Foxboro Massachusetts 02035Dialysis Stations: 9 (774) 215-5696
  • Attleboro Dialysis Center11.33 miles away111 Pleasant St Attleboro Massachusetts 02703Dialysis Stations: 13 (508) 226-0218