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 quality 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.
Berkshire Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- 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
Registered Staff Hours
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. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
An additional quality feature for this facility is that it was given an impressive long-term care score. In fact, this proved to be its second best category score. In that area, we gave this facility a grade of B+. When facilities receive this kind of grade in long-term care it is usually a good sign for patient care and suggests that the place is well-staffed with nurses aids. One of the factors we considered on top of nursing hours is vaccinations. This nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccine to 97.64151 percent of its patients. This is a great way to minimize negative health outcomes for the elderly population. Lastly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
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This facility's next best category was its nursing grade, where it received a grade of B-. While this didn't quite match its scores in some of the categories discussed above, this is still a decent score. Our nursing score is based on the nursing home's nurse staffing levels. We look at both the levels of licensure of the nurses as well as the amount of time spent with patients. This nursing home averages just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low figure. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality measures. Although this facility got docked a bit for nursing hours, it actually excelled in some of these quality-based metrics. With less than five percent of its residents experiencing pressure ulcers, it did very well in this subcategory. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as having a system of moving a resident more often.
Short-term Care Quality
Turning to our last area, this nursing home received a C in short-term care, which we consider to be an acceptable grade. In computing our short-term care scores, we analyze the nursing home's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other licensed professionals. This area is often a reliable assessment of a nursing home's rehabilitation services. It doesn't look like this nursing home submitted data regarding its registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. The final datapoint we considered in this area is the number 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 residents were able to return home, which is below average.
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, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents who suffered from a fall resulting in severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 2.42% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often caused by lower quality nursing care. Better hygiene protocols reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Keep in mind that this statistic is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 19.05% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic is an indication of the percent of long-term care patients that were given antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior in situations where such medications are not medically indicated. However, some nursing homes need to rely on these drugs due to having more patients with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term care patients receiving antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 1.93% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay patients showing depressive symptoms. Some argue this is a reliable measure of resident quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 91.44% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 15.15% Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and eating.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 17.66% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percent of long-term stay residents who remained mobile levels.
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Berkshire Health Care Center, 17.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
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