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Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A
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Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield's website

Enter 11 North Street,
Stoneham MA 02180

(781) 438-8515

75.2% estimated occupancy 1

Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield is located in Stoneham, Massachusetts. This city has a population of 21,437 people. It looks like this nursing home is one of the top facilities we assessed. This nursing home was given one of the most impressive grades that we offer. In fact, this nursing home has the prestigious distinction of being one of the top 100 nursing homes in Massachusetts. This is an impressive feat in a state with a long list of high-end nursing homes. We also gave this nursing home phenomenal grades in all of the major categories. More information about these categories can be found below.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Amputee Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Oncology Care
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Awards

Top Nursing Home in Massachusetts badge

Top Nursing Home in Massachusetts Awards 2019

Best Nursing Home in Stoneham, Massachusetts badge

Best Nursing Home in Stoneham, Massachusetts Awards 2019

Best Nursing Home in Stoneham, Massachusetts badge

Best Nursing Home in Stoneham, Massachusetts Awards 2020

Best Nursing Home in Stoneham, Massachusetts badge

Best Nursing Home in Stoneham, Massachusetts Awards 2021

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

One of the many reasons this proved to be a great facility is that it earned a very impressive long-term care score. In this area, we awarded this nursing home an A. Long-term care scores of this caliber generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. One of the criteria we considered on top of nursing hours is vaccinations. This facility administered the pneumonia vaccination to 97.2028 percent of its patients. Vaccination is a reliable method to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations for the aged 65 and up population. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A

Adding to its impressive category grades, this nursing home excelled in the category of inspections, where it received an A. Not many nursing homes performed as well in this area. Our inspection ratings are based on several pieces of information located in the a nursing home's inspection reports. Places that excel in this area tend to have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these facilities generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. We weren't able to locate deficiency counts for this nursing home. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

The third category we analyzed is short-term care. Adding to its impressive resume, this facility also performed well in this area. In fact, we awarded it a grade of of A for the category. Short-term care grades are crucial for prospective residents needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually mandates more highly-skilled nursing. Skilled nursing means a vast scope of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. However, according to the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the number of residents that ultimately returned home from this nursing home. We found that 5.8 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

Turning to the next area, this nursing home was awarded an extremely favorable nursing grade. We awarded it a B+ in that area, wrapping up one of our more impressive profiles. We looked at the levels of nurses employed by the nursing home, as well as the quantity of hours the nurses were with residents, in computing our rating in this category. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This nursing home 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.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This metric is is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers. Many experts believe that pressure ulcers are an measure of quality of care.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who sustained a fall which resulted in major injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indication of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 2.42% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely the result of lower quality nursing care. More frequent bathing can limit the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Keep in mind that this metric is affected by by the fact that facilities have incongruent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 19.05% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percentage of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are administered to residents for a variety of medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias. Sadly, in some cases, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are administered to residents suffering from depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 1.93% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients demonstrating signs of depression. Many would argue this is a measure of quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 91.44% of Patients

This metric measures the percent of long-term residents that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home patients, making these vaccines indispensable.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 15.15% Percentage of Patients

This is a measure of the percent of long-term patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and bathing.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 17.66% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percent of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is critical to the physical health of nursing home patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 17.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical abilities of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 10.93 Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to measure patient well-being during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B

In Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield, 71.35% Percentage of Resident

This tells you the percent of short-term stay residents who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of autonomy with activities of daily living typically correlates with successful rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Winchester HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 2.81 miles away41 Highland Avenue Winchester Massachusetts 01890Voluntary non-profit - Private(781) 729-9000
  • Melrosewakefield HealthcareAcute Care Hospitals 3.42 miles away585 Lebanon Street Melrose Massachusetts 02176Voluntary non-profit - Private(781) 979-3000
  • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, BurlingtonAcute Care Hospitals 5.49 miles away41 & 45 Mall Road Burlington Massachusetts 01803Voluntary non-profit - Private(781) 744-5100
  • Cambridge Health AllianceAcute Care Hospitals 8.95 miles away1493 Cambridge Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138Government - Local(617) 665-2300
  • Mount Auburn HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 9.1 miles away330 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138Voluntary non-profit - Private(617) 492-3500
  • North Shore Medical Center -Acute Care Hospitals 9.66 miles away81 Highland Avenue Salem Massachusetts 01970Voluntary non-profit - Private(978) 741-1215
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary -Acute Care Hospitals 9.81 miles away243 Charles Street Boston Massachusetts 02114Voluntary non-profit - Private(617) 523-7900
  • Massachusetts General HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 9.86 miles away55 Fruit Street Boston Massachusetts 02114Voluntary non-profit - Private(617) 726-2000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fmc Services of Stoneham0.09 miles away2 Main Street Suite 100 Stoneham Massachusetts 02180CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (781) 279-2454
  • Davita Woburn Dialysis3.32 miles away23 Warren Avenue Woburn Massachusetts 01801Dialysis Stations: 17 (781) 935-7700
  • North Suburban Dialysis Center (Bma Essex County)4.83 miles awayAugustine Plaza 124 Broadway, Route 1n Saugus Massachusetts 01906CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 27 (781) 233-2877
  • Davita Burlington Regional Dialysis4.86 miles away31 Mall Road-Dialysis Suite 1b Burlington Massachusetts 01803CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 17 (781) 270-3580
  • Davita Wellington Circle Dialysis Center5.86 miles away10 Cabot Road Suite 103b Medford Massachusetts 02155CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 17 (781) 306-9740
  • Medford Dialysis Center (Bma Medford)7.01 miles away305 Mystic Avenue Medford Massachusetts 02155CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 23 (781) 396-9282
  • Dci Ball Square7.21 miles away643 Broadway Somerville Massachusetts 02145CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 16 (617) 616-3600
  • Peabody Dialysis Center7.55 miles away19-a Centennial Drive Peabody Massachusetts 01960CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 22 (978) 532-7663