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Columbia Lutheran Home

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A
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Columbia Lutheran Home's website

4700 Phinney Avenue North,
Seattle WA 98103

(206) 632-7400

49.91% estimated occupancy 1

Columbia Lutheran Home is an average-sized non-profit nursing home located in Seattle, Washington. This nursing home was given a superb overall score of A, resulting in it being the number one rated nursing home in Seattle. You flat out can't do much better than this nursing home. As you can see below, this nursing home also performed just fine in our category grades. It would be hard to poke holes in this nursing home's profile.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Palliative Care
  • Dentistry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Optometry
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Lymphedema Care

Awards

Top Nursing Home in Washington badge

Top Nursing Home in Washington Awards 2019

Top Nursing Home in Washington badge

Top Nursing Home in Washington Awards 2021

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Nurse Quality

Grade: A-plus

One of the many reasons this turned out to be a great nursing home is that it received an A+ nursing grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this category. Our nursing rating is based on the facility's level of nurse staffing. We look at both the levels of skill of those nurses as well as the quantity of hours spent with patients. This nursing home averages 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality-based metrics and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place Washington in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as employing a protocol of moving residents more frequently.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

Adding to its fine profile, this facility also was awarded an excellent short-term care score, with a score of A. Short-term care grades are based in part on the nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This means a vast spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final datapoint we assessed in this category is the number of residents that ultimately returned home from the facility. We found that 5.4 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

We also would like to note the fact that this nursing home was awarded a first-rate score of A- in our long-term care area. Facilities that do well in this category tend to provide patients with closer supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. Once we finished looking at the amount of nursing care, we next considered the facility's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 99.557526 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia sadly is often a deadly illness for nursing home patients so we strongly prefer when a facility doesn't leave this to chance. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B-plus

Finishing off its excellent profile, this nursing home also performed well in our inspection category, which is based on the nursing home's recent inspections. In fact, we gave it a B+ for that category, which is one of our higher scores. Our inspection scores weigh a host of factors found on a facility's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. Places with better scores in this area usually have very few severe deficiencies. Fortunately, although this facility had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you that CMS did not consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. The fact that none of the deficiencies were severe made us feel better about this inspection report.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Columbia Lutheran Home Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 7.09% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This figure tells you the percentage of long-term stay patients who are suffering from pressure ulcers . We use this statistic in calculating both nursing and long-term care grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 2.86% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percent of patients who sustained a fall resulting in severe injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-minus

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 2.28% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percentage of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections are associated with insufficient hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 13.8% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This datapoint tells you the percentage of long-term patients which are prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior in scenarios where such medications are not medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely more on these drugs due to having more patients suffering from cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 12.29% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are generally used to treat patients experiencing depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 13.74% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents exhibiting signs of depression. Increased rates of depression could be a sign a lower level of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 93.71% of Patients

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for seniors, making these vaccines critical to patient well-being.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 13.94% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percentage of residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living could be a sign of the decline of a patient's health.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 21.78% Percentage of Residents

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care residents that were able to retain mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 1 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. There is generally a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the quality of nursing home care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 21.78 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 10.98 Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to measure patient well-being during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: C

In Columbia Lutheran Home, 74.42% Percentage of Resident

This tells you the percentage of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

Scores for Seattle, WA

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

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