Christian Health Care Center is a large non-profit nursing home in Lynden, Washington. Featuring an overall score of D, this is a lower end nursing home. In our view, we would be very reluctant to recommend this facility. More information on this nursing home's category grades may be found below. Its best category was inspections, which is addressed in the next paragraph.
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Christian Health Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
Note: Christian Health Care Center has been flagged for abuse in the past 12 months. We have capped this facility's overall grade accordingly.
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Other
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
While we did not rate this facility well overall, we wanted to point out its decent government inspection reports in recent years. We gave it a relatively respectable grade of B- in that area. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in determining these inspection grades. One critical factor is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more important than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies can be quite insignificant. This place was assessed 5 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This tells you that the inspectors did not consider any of these deficiencies an imminent risk to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility was cited by CMS for possible abuse or neglect. We would not recommend this facility under any circumstance.
We awarded this facility a respectable grade in the area of nursing as well, with a grade of B-. There are a host of subcategories included in this area. Many of these datapoints reflect levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides only 0.4 hours of nursing care per patient daily. This is a somewhat alarming figure which is well below average. Lastly, while this facility got dinged a bit for nursing hours, it excelled in some of our quality-based measures. With less than five percent of its patients experiencing pressure ulcers, it fared well in this area.
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Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home's next highest category was short-term care. In that category, we awarded this nursing home a grade of B-. Short-term care grades are typically employed to gauge a facility's performance with rehabilitation In order to provide highly graded rehabilitation services, facilities generally must offer better levels of skilled nursing. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and other types of therapists. Unfortunately, we found that this facility provided fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most other nursing homes. The final measure we assessed in this area is the percentage of patients that ultimately returned home from the facility. We found that just 4.8 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we assessed is long-term care, was this facility's worst category. We awarded this nursing home a D in this category. In a long-term care setting, the nursing home's primary goal is to maintain residents' quality of life and keep them safe. One of the factors we considered in addition to nursing hours was vaccines. Thankfully, this nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccine to 98.74214 percent of its patients. Surprisingly, this place was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. Sadly, some of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Christian Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Christian Health Care Center, 2.06% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin resulting from staying in the same position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Christian Health Care Center, 2.83% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric tells you the percentage of long-term residents which have sustained a fall resulting in serious injury. This is one of the statistics we use in computing our nursing scores.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Christian Health Care Center, 1.27% of Patients had UTIs
This figure indicates the percentage of long-term residents that had a urinary tract infection. Although more infections could reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it can be problematic to compare between facilities due to facilities having reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Christian Health Care Center, 7.24% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents receiving antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Christian Health Care Center, 8.47% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are administered to patients experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Christian Health Care Center, 35.33% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term residents showing symptoms of depression. Many in the industry would argue this is a reliable measure of quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Christian Health Care Center, 98.8% of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term stay patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Christian Health Care Center, 17.06% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and bathing. Some would argue this is a reasonable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Christian Health Care Center, 10.26% of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients who were able to retain mobility.
In Christian Health Care Center, 0.34 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Christian Health Care Center, 10.26% of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Christian Health Care Center, 5.42% of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Christian Health Care Center, 73.48% of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with activities of daily living often correlates with higher quality rehabilitation services.
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