Berkshire Health Care Center is a small nursing home located in Sandisfield, Massachusetts. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of B+. A score of this caliber requires above average marks in most areas. Based on our assessment, this facility is a solid choice for most people. We were also pleased to find that this facility didn't have any weak links in any of the major categories. Additional information about its category grades can be found below.
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Berkshire Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Cardiac Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Peritoneal Dialysis
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Blood Administration
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Catheter Care
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
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On top of receiving a great overall grade, this facility also received top notch health inspections in recent years. We awarded it one of our higher scores in that area, with an A-. Perhaps the most critical factor we consider in computing our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a facility's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes with higher scores in this area most likely avoided the most severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. Although this nursing home had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' deficiency scale. We should point out that deficiency-free inspection reports are uncommon in this industry.
One of the other reasons we graded this facility so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing rating. In that category, we awarded this facility an A-. Nursing scores are heavily correlated with quantity of nursing care available. This nursing home averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home Massachusetts in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a protocol of moving residents more frequently.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third area we looked at was short-term care. This nursing home received an impressive short-term care score, with a grade of B+ in the category. Short-term care grades are generally used to judge a facility's rehabilitation services To offer highly scored rehabilitation services, facilities generally must provide better levels of highly skilled nursing. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other types of therapists. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The final metric we looked at in this area is the number of residents who were able to leave the facility and return home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
Long-term Care Quality
The final category we scored turned out to be this nursing home's poorest area. Nevertheless, even in its weakest link we still awarded it an acceptable grade of B- for our long-term care category. Our long-term care grade focuses on a nursing home's assistance with daily living instead of the highly skilled therapy or medical services that are critical to a skilled nursing facility. After considering the amount of nursing care, we then looked at the facility's vaccination data. We were pleased to discover that this facility vaccinates 96.66667 percent of its residents against pneumonia. Lastly, this place was also able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Berkshire Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 6.61% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage caused by staying in the same position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 3.77% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of long-term residents which had falls resulting in severe injury. This is one of the statistics we use in determining nursing grades.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 2.05% of Patients had UTIs
This figure gauges the percent of long-term care patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. Although a higher rate of these infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare between nursing homes due to nursing homes having inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 19.24% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay patients receiving antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used appropriately. In some cases, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 18.54% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of patients who were prescribed antianxiety medications. These medications are prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 2.48% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients demonstrating signs of depression. Many in the industry argue this is a measure of patient quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 91.39% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these vaccines critical to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 16.21% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of the deterioration of a resident's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 15.75% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percent of long-term stay residents that retained mobility levels. Some would argue that the ability to move around is critical to residents' mental and physical well-being.
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 1.68 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 15.75 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is important to restoring the health of residents.
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