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Care One at Lowell

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: C
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Care One at Lowell's website

19 Varnum Street,
Lowell MA 01850

(978) 454-5644

94.37% estimated occupancy 1

Care One at Lowell is one of seven available nursing homes in Lowell, Massachusetts. This nursing home is a solid facility, with an overall grade of C. This place seems to have some things working in its favor. This nursing home did not excel in all of our categories, but it did not receive any rock-bottom grades either. Additional information about its category grades is available below.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Limited Liability company
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Medication Management
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

The primary reason this nursing home received a decent overall score is its excellent inspections in recent years. We gave them one of our higher scores in that area, with an A-. This is a notably better grade than the facility's overall score, which was decent but certainly not elite. Perhaps the most important factor we look at in determining our inspection scores is deficiencies. These deficiencies are found on a facility's inspection reports. Nursing homes with better grades in this area typically avoided the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. This facility was hit with 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe deficiencies. This means that CMS did not consider any of the deficiencies an imminent risk to patient health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies shouldn't stop you from considering a nursing home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

One of this nursing home's higher category grades came in the category of long-term care. This wound up being its second most favorable category. In that category, we gave this nursing home a B-. If you are looking for services other than short-term rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each facility's long-term care grades. After looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we turned to the nursing home's vaccination records. We were concerned by the fact that this nursing home vaccinated just 53.333332 percent of its residents against pneumonia. Nevertheless, this facility excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: C

We also gave this nursing home a decent score in the category of nursing care, with a grade of C. Nursing scores are tied to levels of nurse staffing. This place provides only 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a somewhat uninspiring figure as it is well below average. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this facility actually fared better in some of the quality-based metrics we assessed. In fact, it scored well when it comes to avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. Many consider these areas to be good measures of the quality of nursing care. In some cases, the quality of nursing care is as important as the number of hours of care provided.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: D

The last area we assessed was short-term care, which is this nursing home's weakest area. We awarded this facility a grade of D in that area. In our short-term care score, we strive to create a sound barometer for rehabilitation. In doing so, we analyze a facility's scope of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. Not surprisingly, we found that this nursing home provides far less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the average facility. The last statistic we considered in this area is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 0 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these poor metrics doomed this facility's short-term care score.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Care One at Lowell Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: C

In Care One at Lowell, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients that developed new or worsened pressure ulcers . We consider this statistic when determining our nursing grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In Care One at Lowell, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percentage of residents who have had a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are often linked to lower quality nursing care. Additional nurse staffing can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Care One at Lowell, 2.42% of Patients had UTIs

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who experienced UTI's. Although a higher rate of these infections may reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it is difficult to compare different nursing homes due to differing reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Care One at Lowell, 19.05% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This figure is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to make sure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: F

In Care One at Lowell, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients taking antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Care One at Lowell, 1.93% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents who are demonstrating depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: F

In Care One at Lowell, 91.44% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In Care One at Lowell, 15.15% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term residents that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and eating. Some experts argue this is a reasonable measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: F

In Care One at Lowell, 17.66% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percent of patients who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

In Care One at Lowell, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This datapoint measures the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Care One at Lowell, 17.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: C

In Care One at Lowell, 10.93 Percentage of Patients

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

Scores for Lowell, MA

  • Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of B-plus

Looking for more options? Lowell, Massachusetts has 6 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Lowell General HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 2.1 miles away295 Varnum Avenue Lowell Massachusetts 01854Voluntary non-profit - Private(978) 937-6000
  • Holy Family HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 8.41 miles away70 East Street Methuen Massachusetts 01844Proprietary(978) 687-0156
  • Southern Nh Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 10.76 miles away8 Prospect Street Nashua New Hampshire 03060Voluntary non-profit - Private(603) 577-2000
  • St Joseph HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 11.22 miles away172 Kinsley St Nashua New Hampshire 03060Voluntary non-profit - Other(603) 882-3000
  • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, BurlingtonAcute Care Hospitals 12.46 miles away41 & 45 Mall Road Burlington Massachusetts 01803Voluntary non-profit - Private(781) 744-5100
  • Emerson Hospital -Acute Care Hospitals 14.57 miles away133 Old Road to 9 Acre Corner Concord Massachusetts 01742Voluntary non-profit - Private(978) 369-1400
  • Nashoba Valley Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 14.76 miles away200 Groton Road Ayer Massachusetts 01432Proprietary(978) 784-9000
  • Parkland Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 15.67 miles away1 Parkland Drive Derry New Hampshire 03038Proprietary(603) 421-2100

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Medical Care of Lowell2.03 miles away847 Rogers Street Suite 101 Lowell Massachusetts 01852CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 35 (978) 441-5100
  • Fresenius Medical Care Chelmsford4.34 miles away27 Industrial Ave Chelmsford Massachusetts 01824Dialysis Stations: 16 (978) 250-0981
  • Bio-Medical Applications of New Hampshire Inc8.79 miles away19 Keewadin Drive Suite 1 Salem New Hampshire 03079Dialysis Stations: 1 (603) 870-0969
  • Versailles Dialysis LLC9.1 miles away18 Pelham Road Salem New Hampshire 03079Dialysis Stations: 10 (603) 870-9487
  • Davita North Andover Renal at Home9.31 miles away201 Sutton Street North Andover Massachusetts 01845CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 19 (978) 975-1119
  • Fresenius Medical Care Merrimack Valley9.66 miles away100 Milk Street Methuen Massachusetts 01844CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 19 (978) 686-9900
  • Davita Nashua Dialysis10.78 miles away38 Tyler Street Nashua New Hampshire 03061CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 22 (603) 598-1665
  • Fresenius Medical Care of Methuen11.06 miles away421 Merrimack Street Methuen Massachusetts 01844Dialysis Stations: 21 (978) 975-3117