Berlin Health & Rehab Center is a large nursing home located in Barre, Vermont. This nursing home is a decent facility, with an overall grade of C. As far as we can see, this nursing home would be a good fit for quite a few people. The best part of this facility's report card is is its inspection score. Inspection reports are discussed in the next paragraph.
Berlin Health & Rehab Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
98 Hospitality Drive,
Barre VT 05641
45.1% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
This facility's overall grade was bolstered by the fact that it has received favorable health inspections in recent years. We gave them a strong score in that area, with a B+. This is a much better grade than the facility's overall score. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in calculating our inspection ratings. One of those factors is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of the deficiencies is usually more meaningful than the quantity of deficiencies, as some deficiencies are relatively minor. While this place had a few minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G through L. This means that CMS did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A couple of minor deficiencies shouldn't stop you from considering a nursing home.
Short-term Care Quality
Additionally, we also would like to draw your attention to the fact that this facility received favorable short-term care marks this year. We gave them one of our more favorable grades in this category, with a B. This turned out to be the nursing home's second highest score. Our short-term care grade is often employed to grade a facility's rehabilitation services. In order to have highly rated rehabilitation services, facilities generally need to have better levels of highly skilled nursing. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other highly trained professionals. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 5.2 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
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This nursing home's nursing grade appears to be one of its better features. The facility received a grade of B- in this category. The nursing score includes quite a few subcategories, most of which are based on levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we were hoping for. Lastly, nursing scores also consider quality-based measures, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours, this facility actually performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is usually a good indicator that a nursing home has sufficient quality controls in place. Some falls could be avoided if a facility supplies enough nurses to assist its patients.
Long-term Care Quality
The final area we assessed is long-term care. Sadly, it received an F in this area, which is a rock bottom grade. This is clearly a major disappointment. When facilities receive this type of grade in long-term care it is a bad sign for patient care and it may mean that the facility is not as well-staffed. On top of considering the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. Candidly, we were a bit alarmed this facility provided the vaccine to just 88.489204 percent of its residents. To our surprise, this nursing home was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home has fewer hospitalizations than many nursing homes. This is its best score in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Berlin Health & Rehab Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 6.83% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric gauges the percentage of long-term care patients who suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We bake this statistic into both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 4.61% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of patients who sustained a fall which resulted in major injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 2.86% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are linked to poorer hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 15.24% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint is an indication of the percent of long-term residents receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 15.83% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This measures the percent of long-term residents who were administered antianxiety drugs. These drugs are used to treat residents experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 12.18% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who are demonstrating signs of depression. Some believe this is a reliable measure of quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 95.68% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 18.04% Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term patients who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and continence.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 23.81% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of patients who retained mobility levels over time. Retaining mobility is usually a great sign for residents' well-being.
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 1.05 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 23.81 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 13.96 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to gauge the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Berlin Health & Rehab Center, 78.83% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with activities of daily living typically correlates with higher quality rehabilitation services.
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