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Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center's website

395 Middle Road,
Nanticoke PA 18634

(570) 735-2973

74.04% estimated occupancy 1

Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a large nursing home located in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. Featuring an overall rating of D, this is a relatively poor nursing home. If you are not happy with this facility's poor overall grade, you may find your options to be limited in Nanticoke. The city has just one other nursing home. The only positive thing we can say about this nursing home is that it didn't receive any F's in in any of the major categories. Additional information about these categories is available below.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Optometry
  • Audiology

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: B

Although we did not rate this nursing home favorably overall, we want to point out its relatively favorable health inspections in recent years. We gave it a respectable grade of B in this area, which was much better than its overall score. Perhaps the most critical factor we consider in determining our inspection scores is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. It is generally best to avoid places that had a long list of severe deficiencies. Although this place had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. A few minor deficiencies are not necessarily the end of the world.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The second highest category we gave this facility in any area came in the category of short-term care, where we gave it a grade of B-. In crafting these short-term care grades, we assess the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our objective is to create a barometer for comparing the rehabilitation services of different nursing homes. In this place's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than a typical facility. The last measure we assessed in this area is the number of patients that ultimately were able to return home from the facility. We found that just 5.4 percent of this facility's patients returned home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

We gave this nursing home just a D for our long-term care grade. This is well below average in this category. If you are looking for anything other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at long-term care ratings. On top of looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 98.65772 percent of its patients. To our surprise, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility has less hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. Sadly, some of its other scores in this category were not as favorable as these.

Nurse Quality

Grade: D

The next area we assessed was nursing, which turned out to be this nursing home's worst category. We gave this facility a grade of D in this category. Our nursing grade weighs numerous subcategories. The most heavily weighted one is the amount of time nurses spend with residents. This facility provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low total compared to most nursing homes. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This place performed well in terms of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 7.72% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This statistic is is a measure of the percent of long-term patients which suffered from pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are a solid indicator of the quality of nursing care a facility provides.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: C

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3.42% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of patients that have had a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are considered to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls are often the result of lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1.92% of Patients had UTIs

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term patients that had urinary tract infections. Although more infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it is problematic to compare different nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 15.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term care residents receiving antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used only where medically required. 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-plus

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 19.89% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic is an indication of the percent of long-term stay residents who are prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are commonly used to treat patients suffering from anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3.23% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents demonstrating symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 88.5% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients who were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 15.28% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percent of residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of the erosion of a resident's health.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 23.65% Percentage of Residents

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who retained mobility levels. Many argue that mobility is vital to residents' mental and physical health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care. There is generally a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the overall quality of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 23.65 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-plus

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 8.84 Percentage of Patients

This tells you the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the overall quality of nursing home care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-plus

In Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 72.22% Percentage of Resident

Measures the percentage of short-term residents that saw functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Wilkes-Barre General HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 7.72 miles away575 North River Street Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania 18764Voluntary non-profit - Private(570) 829-8111
  • Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 10.15 miles away1000 East Mountain Boulevard Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania 18711Voluntary non-profit - Private(570) 826-7300
  • Berwick Hospital CenterAcute Care Hospitals 15.29 miles away701 East 16th Street Berwick Pennsylvania 18603Proprietary(570) 759-5020
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital - HazletonAcute Care Hospitals 16.84 miles away700 East Broad Street Hazleton Pennsylvania 18201Government - Local(570) 501-4000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Nanticoke1.37 miles away450 West Main Street Nanticoke Pennsylvania 18634Dialysis Stations: 13 (570) 740-4820
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Wilkes Barre9.4 miles away307 Laird Street, Suite 1 Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania 18702CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 33 (570) 825-9531
  • Bio-Medical Applications of Pennsylvania, Inc.9.4 miles away309 Laird Street Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania 18702Dialysis Stations: 4 (570) 822-1280
  • The Kidney Center of Greater Hazleton13.96 miles away426 Airport Road 2 Beltway Commons Hazleton Pennsylvania 18202Dialysis Stations: 21 (570) 450-0870
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Pittston14.48 miles away455 North Main Street Pittston Pennsylvania 18640Dialysis Stations: 13 (570) 655-4115
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Berwick16.06 miles away301 Market Street Berwick Pennsylvania 18603Dialysis Stations: 13 (570) 752-9180
  • Fresenius Kidney Care - Hazleton17.89 miles away110 Butler Drive Hazleton Pennsylvania 18201Dialysis Stations: 12 (570) 454-3558
  • Old Forge Dialysis17.98 miles away325 South Main Street Old Forge Pennsylvania 18518Dialysis Stations: 12 (570) 457-3174