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Boundary Waters Care Center

  • Nursing Home
  • Independent Living

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-plus
Oct 18: BNov 18: BDec 18: BJan 19: BFeb 19: BMay 19: A-Jun 19: A-Jul 19: A-Aug 19: A-Sep 19: A-Jan 20: BMar 20: A-Apr 20: A-May 20: A-Jun 20: A-Jul 20: AAug 20: ASep 20: AOct 20: AJan 21: AFeb 21: AMar 21: AApr 21: AMay 21: AJun 21: AJul 21: AAug 21: ASep 21: AOct 21: A-Nov 21: A-Jan 22: A-Feb 22: A-Mar 22: A-Apr 22: A-May 22: AJun 22: B+
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Boundary Waters Care Center's website

200 West Conan Street,
Ely MN 55731

(218) 365-8043

72.38% estimated occupancy 1

Boundary Waters Care Center is a facility in Ely, Minnesota, which has a population of 5,820 people. This nursing home was given an overall grade of B+, which is a well above average rating. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it in the top third of all facilities in the country. The best aspect of this nursing home's strong report card is its nursing rating. We discuss nursing in the next paragraph

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Aquatic Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Nurse Quality

Grade: A

This nursing home earned a strong overall grade as discussed above, but we especially wanted to emphasize its excellent nursing score. We gave them an A in this category. In determining our nursing scores, we weigh both staffing levels and the levels of licensure of the nurses. This facility provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in the area of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

We also awarded this facility a score of A- for our long-term care score. Facilities that receive this type of score in this category tend to provide consistent around the clock care to ensure patients are kept in good health. One of the datapoints we considered after nurse's aid hours was vaccines. This nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccination to 78.43137 percent of its patients. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

We also awarded this facility a score of A- for our short-term care grade. Short-term care scores are based in part on a nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled nursing services. This includes a broad scope of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, in addition to other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 5.5 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B

Finally, we also gave this nursing home a score of B for our inspections rating. This nursing home didn't have any glaring weak links. Arguably the most important factor we look at in calculating our inspection grades is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's inspection reports. Places with higher scores in this category most likely avoided the most severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. This facility was hit with 7 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe deficiencies. This tells you that the government inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies to be an immediate threat to resident health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Boundary Waters Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Boundary Waters Care Center, 6.84% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely caused by patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols can minimize the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-minus

In Boundary Waters Care Center, 4.32% of Patients had Serious Falls

This datapoint tells you the percentage of long-term patients that have sustained a fall leading to serious injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls could be an indicator of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Boundary Waters Care Center, 2.81% of Patients had UTIs

This statistic indicates the percentage of long-term patients which have experienced a UTI. While more infections could reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it is difficult to compare different nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Boundary Waters Care Center, 16.37% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are administered to patients for a variety of medical conditions, such as cognitive disorders. Tragically, in limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Boundary Waters Care Center, 12.17% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety medications. These drugs are commonly given to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B

In Boundary Waters Care Center, 4.73% of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who are demonstrating depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Boundary Waters Care Center, 93.57% of Patients

This is the percentage of residents who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: D

In Boundary Waters Care Center, 13.28% Percentage of Patients

This is the percentage of patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with activities of daily living may indicate deterioration of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-plus

In Boundary Waters Care Center, 20.05% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percentage of patients that were able to retain mobility over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: F

In Boundary Waters Care Center, 20.05 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In Boundary Waters Care Center, 76.19% Percentage of Resident

Measures the percent of short-term care patients that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many argue this is a reliable measure of a facility's rehabilitation performance.