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. In fact, this nursing home has the distinction of being one of the three 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.
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- Assisted Living
Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No 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
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Best Nursing Home in Maine Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Maine Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Maine Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
One of the many reasons this turned out to be a quality nursing home is that it received an A+ inspection grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this critical category. Perhaps the most significant factor we consider in determining our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a facility's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes with better scores in this category typically avoided the most severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. This place was hit with 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered to be severe deficiencies. This tells you that the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies to cause an immediate threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
In addition, this facility received high marks in the area of nursing. As a result, it received one of our highest grades in that category with a score of A+. Our nursing score is mostly based on the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.6 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This nursing home performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a facility has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can generally be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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Short-term Care Quality
Compounding its remarkable assessment, this facility also received a strong short-term care score, with a grade of A. In the area of short-term care, we endeavor to qualify indicators of a facility's rehabilitation services. We look at the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including the ones performed by registered nurses and physical therapists. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of patients that who were able to eventually return home from this nursing home. We found that 5.7 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we scored was long-term care, where this nursing home was awarded a grade of A. This wrapped up a very favorable report card. Very few facilities earned an A- or higher in every single category. Facilities that excel in this category typically provide residents with more supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. In addition to looking at the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 98.47328 percent of its patients, which is significantly higher than most nursing homes. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Cove's Edge Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Cove's Edge, 0% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are often the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Cove's Edge, 0.76% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of patients that suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Falls are routinely caused by lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Cove's Edge, 0% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. These infections may be linked to insufficient hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Cove's Edge, 10% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic gauges the percentage of long-term residents receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to make sure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Cove's Edge, 32.5% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint gauges the percentage of long-term patients who are administered antianxiety medication. These drugs are commonly given to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Cove's Edge, 12.4% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term patients showing depressive symptoms. Many in the industry would argue that this is a reasonable measure of resident quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Cove's Edge, 99.24% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Cove's Edge, 11.67% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of the deterioration of a resident's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Cove's Edge, 8.2% of Residents
This indicates the percentage of residents that maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Cove's Edge, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is key to maintaining the physical health of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Cove's Edge, 8.2% of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Cove's Edge, 23.05% of Patients
This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to gauge patient well-being during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Cove's Edge, 77.19% of Resident
This is the percent of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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