Located in Sandisfield, Massachusetts, Berkshire Health Care Center is the lone nursing home we found in this city. This nursing home is a middle of the road facility, with an overall grade of C. This place has a few things going for it. One of the major highlights of this nursing home's profile is its remarkable inspection reports, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
Berkshire Health Care Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn
7 Sandisfield Road Box 216,
Sandisfield MA 01255
95.61% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
To pair with its relatively modest overall score, we gave this facility an A for its inspection grade. This grade is far more impressive than the facility's overall rating. Arguably the most important factor we consider in calculating our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a facility's inspection reports. Nursing homes with better scores in this area most likely dodged the most severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. While this place had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none of them were serious based on CMS' scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is always a good sign.
Long-term Care Quality
This facility also was given a strong long-term care score. Indeed, we gave it a grade of B+ in that category, which happens to be one of our more favorable scores. Long-term care grades in this range generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. One of the datapoints we considered in addition to nurse's aid hours is vaccinations. This nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccine to 97.63033 percent of its patients. This is a great way to minimize unnecessary deaths and hospitalizations for the senior population. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
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Short-term Care Quality
As it turns out, this nursing home only received a D for its short-term care score, which is not one of our better scores. Short-term care grades are commonly used to score a nursing home's rehabilitation services In order to offer highly graded rehabilitation services, facilities generally need to feature better levels of skilled nursing services. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other licensed professionals. Given its poor grade, we were not shocked to find that this nursing home provided substantially fewer registered nurse hours per resident than most other facilities. The last item we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that just 0 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is well below average. This statistic was damning for this facility's short-term care grade.
The next category we graded was nursing, turned out to be this facility's worst area. We gave this facility a D in this category. Our nursing rating analyzes the facility's level of nurse staffing. We weigh both the levels of licensure of the nurses and the amount of time spent with patients. This nursing home offered just 2.3 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This is a very low total compared to most nursing homes. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing scores. This nursing home fared well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. Many consider these metrics to be measures of the quality of nursing care.
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, 6.42% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure is is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients which suffered from pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are an barometer of a facility's nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 3.57% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injury are often linked to poor nursing care. More supervision can reduce the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 2.4% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a barometer of nursing care . UTI's are often the result of a facility with lower levels of hygiene. Nevertheless, this datapoint could also be misleading for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 19.12% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to residents for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Tragically, in some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 19% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 1.96% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents who are exhibiting depressive symptoms. Higher levels of depression could indicate lower quality care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 91.59% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 15.22% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents 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
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 19.05% Percentage of Residents
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents that maintained mobility.
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the overall quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 19.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.
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