Center at Lowry
8550 East Lowry Boulevard, Denver CO 80230 · (303) 676-4000 · 45.31% estimated occupancy 1Updated: Aug 1, 2020 · By Nick Reese
Center at Lowry is located in Denver, Colorado, which features quite a few nursing homes. This nursing home received an overall grade of B+, which is very favorable grade. We were pleased to find out that this matched the average grade of nursing homes in Denver, which is one of the better cities in Colorado to find a nursing home. The best part of this nursing home's strong report card was its short-term care score. short-term care grades are discussed in the next section
Accepts Medicare 1 :
Accepts Medicaid 1 : 96 Beds
For profit - Individual
Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2019)
Short-term Care Quality
In addition to being a first-rate facility overall, this facility also excelled in our short-term care rating, where it received an A+. Few facilities performed better in this area. In the category of short-term care, we try to evaluate measures of a nursing home's rehabilitation services. We look at the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including the ones performed by registered nurses and physical, occupational and other therapists. This facility excelled at the highest level in two key staffing areas we looked at. In fact, it provided about 50% more care from registered nurses and physical therapists than the average facility. The final measure we assessed in this area is the number of patients that ultimately returned home from the facility. We found that it performed as well as just about any nursing home in Colorado in this area with 69.6 percent of its patients returning home.
Among this facility's other strengths is its elite nursing grade. We awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with a grade of A-. Nursing grades are largely tied to a nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This place provided 5.8 hours of nursing care per patient on a daily basis, which is among the highest figures in the country. A significant portion of those hours were provided by registered nurses, which are one of the more skilled levels of nurses. We were very impressed by both of these statistics. On top of providing high levels of care, this place also excelled in the quality measures we looked at. It performed as well as any nursing home in the country when it comes to avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers.
Adding to its strong resume, this facility earned a grade of B for its inspections rating. This is a well above average score in this category. Perhaps the most significant factor we look at in determining our inspection ratings is deficiencies. These deficiencies are found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places with better scores in this area most likely avoided the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. This particular nursing home received 2 deficiencies on its inspection report. Overall, this is still a good inspection report, but we'd always recommend looking into any deficiencies you find troubling.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we graded was long-term care, which proved to be a low point for this facility. We gave this facility a grade of D in our long-term care category, leaving this as the nursing home's weakest area. We would still suggest that you consider all of a facility's category grades. Nursing homes that don't fare well in this category typically are not as well-staffed and are lagging in some of the areas of routine personal care we looked at. After assessing the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination record. We weren't able to locate information about this nursing home's vaccination rates. To our surprise, this facility actually fared well at keeping its patients out of the hospital. It had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. This is its best score in this category.
Overall Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Center at Lowry Quality Metrics
Short-term Care: ER Visits
This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to measure short-term care.
Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many argue that this is a measure of rehabilitation performance.
Percentage of Resident
Higher is Better