Cove's Edge is a senior living facility in Damariscotta, Maine. The city has a population of 2,218 people. It looks like this nursing home is among the most impressive nursing homes we assessed. Being awarded an A+ in our grading system requires first-rate performance across the board. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we rated it as one of the 10 best facilities in Maine. Scroll down to find this facility's category scores, which are equally impressive. You really can't do any better than a straight A profile.
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
With an overall grade this high, it should come as no surprise that this facility performed well in the area of inspections, where it received a grade of A. Perhaps the most significant factor we look at in computing our inspection grades is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places with higher grades in this area most likely avoided the more severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. This place was hit with 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered to be major deficiencies. This tells you that the government inspectors did not consider any of these deficiencies to pose an immediate threat to resident health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
This facility also excelled in the area of nursing, where it received a grade of A. Few nursing homes performed better in this area. Nursing grades are largely tied to a facility's level of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as employing a policy of turning patients more often.
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Long-term Care Quality
We also wanted to point out the fact that this nursing home was awarded an impressive grade of A in our long-term care category. When nursing homes receive this kind of grade in long-term care it is a good sign for patient care and indicates that the place is well-staffed with nurses and aids. On top of looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 96.31902 percent of its patients. Vaccines are vital to keeping residents healthy. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Short-term Care Quality
In the last category, this facility also received an excellent short-term care rating, with an A. This topped off a very favorable profile. Our short-term care ratings are based on a nursing home's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This includes a broad spectrum of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final metric we considered in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We found that 6 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Cove's Edge Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Cove's Edge, 5.93% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often caused by patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care can limit the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Cove's Edge, 3.79% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a fall resulting in severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Cove's Edge, 3.3% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes linked to poorer hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Cove's Edge, 20.55% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to many residents, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Cove's Edge, 16.72% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients given antianxiety medications. These medications are typically used to treat patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Cove's Edge, 8.37% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents who are exhibiting depressive symptoms. Higher rates of depression could be an indicator a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Cove's Edge, 94.73% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients that were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Cove's Edge, 14.81% Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and continence.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Cove's Edge, 27.47% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percent of long-term residents who retained mobility levels. Many in the industry believe that the ability to move around is vital to patients physical and mental well-being.
In Cove's Edge, 0.94 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is key to maintaining the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Cove's Edge, 27.47 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Cove's Edge, 14.29 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to measure patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Cove's Edge, 74.15% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of independence with ADL's usually correlates with superior rehabilitation.
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