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Cummings Health Care Facility

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-plus
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5 Crocker Street,
Howland ME 04448

(207) 732-4121

99.11% estimated occupancy 1

Cummings Health Care Facility is the only nursing home we identified in Howland, Maine. This nursing home proved to be a highly rated facility, with an overall grade of B+. In our view, this place looks like a solid choice for quite a few people. This place is better in some categories than others, but it didn't have any poor grades in any of the major categories. More information about these categories can be found below.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation

Specialized Services

  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Laboratory

Facility Inspections

Grade: A

To pair with its strong overall grade, we gave this nursing home an A for our inspections rating. Inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these issues by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this nursing home had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none of them were severe based on CMS' scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

This nursing home fared well in the category of long-term care. As a result, we gave it a score of A- for that area, which is one of our most elite scores. Facilities that receive this kind of grade in long-term care typically provide consistent around the clock care to ensure patients are well cared for. In addition to considering the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 29.661016 percent of its residents. This is somewhat less than we expected but still a respectable figure. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

Another strong feature for this facility is that it received an impressive nursing grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of B+. The nursing rating is based on many subcategories. The most heavily weighted one is the quantity of hours nurses spend with patients. This nursing home provides 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures 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 the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as employing a protocol of moving patients more often.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: C

The final area we assessed is short-term care. In this category, we gave this facility an acceptable grade of C. This actually was this facility's worst category. In computing our short-term care ratings, we assess the facility's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other highly trained professionals. This score is generally a reliable assessment of the facility's ability to rehabilitate patients. We were not able to find registered nurse or physical therapy staffing data for this place. The final datapoint we looked at in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the facility and return home. We discovered that just 4.1 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is below average.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Cummings Health Care Facility Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 5.93% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This measures the percentage of long-term stay residents that have new or worsened pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are a reliable barometer of a facility's nursing care quality.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 3.79% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percent of residents who have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are often caused by lower levels of patient supervision. Closer supervision minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 3.3% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of residents that sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely linked to worse hygiene protocols. Better nursing care minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Keep in mind that this statistic is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have incongruent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 20.55% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percentage of patients given antipsychotic medications. These drugs are sometimes used for several medical conditions, including cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 16.72% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This figure indicates the percentage of long-term residents that were given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are typically prescribed to patients suffering from depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 8.37% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents demonstrating symptoms of depression. Some argue that this is a reasonable measure of patient quality of life.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: F

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 94.73% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term stay residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-minus

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 14.81% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living may indicate the deterioration of a resident's medical condition.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 27.47% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percent of patients that retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.


Grade: B-minus

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 0.94 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

Measures the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is important to maintaining the physical well-being of nursing home patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 27.47 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Penobscot Valley HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 9.88 miles away7 Transalpine Road, PO Box 368 Lincoln Maine 04457Voluntary non-profit - Private(207) 794-3321

Nearby Dialysis

  • Davita Lincoln Lakes Regional Dialysis10.94 miles away250 Enfield Rd / PO Box 367 Lincoln Maine 04457Dialysis Stations: 8 (207) 794-6095