Cummings Health Care Facility is the only facility we were able to find in Howland, Maine. With an A overall grade, we ranked this nursing home in the top fifth of all nursing homes in the nation. Based on our assessment, this place is simply as good as it gets. Keep reading to find this facility's category ratings, which are also quite good. It would be hard to poke holes in this nursing home's profile.

Additional Details:

Accepts Medicare 1 : TrueA checkmark indicating true.

Accepts Medicaid 1 : 34 Beds TrueA checkmark indicating true.

CCRC : FalseUsed to indicate false.

For profit - Corporation

Resident Council: TrueA checkmark indicating true.

Family Council: FalseUsed to indicate false.

Facility Inspections

A+
Oct 18: ANov 18: ADec 18: AJan 19: AFeb 19: AMar 19: AApr 19: AMay 19: AJun 19: AJul 19: A+Aug 19: A+Sep 19: A+Jan 20: A+Mar 20: A+Apr 20: A+May 20: A+Jun 20: A+Jul 20: A+Aug 20: A+
Historical

On top of receiving a great overall grade, this nursing home also received an A+ inspection grade. This is based on its recent inspection reports. An A+ in this area is one of the best complements we can offer a facility. These inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these factors by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This facility was hit with 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered severe. This indicates that the government inspectors didn't consider any of these deficiencies to cause an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Long-term Care Quality

A
Oct 18: ANov 18: ADec 18: AJan 19: B+Feb 19: B+Mar 19: B+Apr 19: A-May 19: A-Jun 19: A-Jul 19: B+Aug 19: B+Sep 19: B+Jan 20: B+Mar 20: B+Apr 20: AMay 20: AJun 20: AJul 20: AAug 20: A
Historical

Contributing to its fine assessment, this nursing home also received a dominant long-term care grade, with a score of A. If you are seeking services other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each facility's long-term care grades. On top of assessing the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 61.206898 percent of its patients. This is a few points lower than we expected but still a decent figure. While its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we like to see, at least this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. With just 1.25 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this nursing home had less hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes.

Nurse Quality

A
Oct 18: B+Nov 18: B+Dec 18: B+Jan 19: B-Feb 19: B-Mar 19: B-Apr 19: B-May 19: B-Jun 19: B-Jul 19: B-Aug 19: B-Sep 19: B-Jan 20: B+Mar 20: B+Apr 20: AMay 20: AJun 20: AJul 20: AAug 20: A
Historical

Adding to its strong resume, this facility also received an excellent nursing score, with a grade of A. Our nursing grade is largely associated with a nursing home's nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in the area of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Short-term Care Quality

B+
Oct 18: A-Nov 18: A-Dec 18: A-Jan 19: BFeb 19: BMar 19: BApr 19: BMay 19: BJun 19: BJul 19: BAug 19: BSep 19: BJan 20: BMar 20: BApr 20: B+May 20: B+Jun 20: B+Jul 20: B+Aug 20: B+
Historical

In the final category, this facility also received an excellent short-term care rating, with a grade of B+. This rounded out a very impressive report card. In determining our short-term care ratings, we analyze a facility's levels of skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists speech therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This grade is frequently a reliable assessment of the nursing home's rehabilitation. Unfortunately, we weren't able to find information on registered nurse or physical therapy staffing for this nursing home. The last measure we considered in this category is the percentage of patients that who were able to eventually return home from the nursing home. We found that it fared better than most facilities in this area with 51.1 percent of its patients returning home. For most nursing homes, fewer than half of their short-term patients ever return home.

Overall Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

Aug 20
Provider:
A
State:
A
National:
B
FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Nov 18Dec 18Jan 19Feb 19Mar 19Apr 19May 19Jun 19Jul 19Aug 19Sep 19Oct 19Dec 19Jan 20Mar 20Apr 20May 20Jun 20Jul 20Aug 20
Overall Rating
Nurse Rating
Long-Term Rating
Short-Term Rating
Inspection Rating

Cummings Health Care Facility Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin resulting from staying in one position for an excessive period of time.

Provider
A-
4.12%
State
B+
5.45%
National
B
7.34%

Percent of Patients with Pressure Ulcers
Lower is Better

Minimizes Serious Falls

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term stay patients who have suffered a fall leading to severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries may be an indicator of lower quality nursing care.

Provider
A-
1.72%
State
B-
4.1%
National
B
3.36%

Percent of Patients with Serious Falls
Lower is Better

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

This figure measures the percentage of long-term residents who suffered from urinary tract infections. UTI's could be an indication of a facility with worst hygiene practices. Nevertheless, this datapoint can be skewed for some facilities due to different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Provider
A+
0%
State
B-
3.24%
National
B
2.66%

Percent of Patients with UTIs
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

This figure gauges the percentage of long-term patients taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Provider
C
19.81%
State
B-
18.01%
National
B
14.15%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients who were given antianxiety medications. These drugs are generally used to treat patients experiencing anxiety and depression.

Provider
C
26.53%
State
B+
16.51%
National
B
19.68%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Managing Depression Among Residents

This tells you the percentage of patients who are exhibiting depressive symptoms.

Provider
D
8.18%
State
B-
8.13%
National
B+
5.11%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

This metric measures the percentage of long-term care residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Provider
F
76.19%
State
B
96.91%
National
B
92.02%

Percent of Patients
Higher is Better

Residents Maintain Autonomy

This tells you the percent of patients that required more 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 erosion of a resident's well-being.

Provider
D
20.62%
State
B+
12.7%
National
B
14.47%

Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

This metric measures the percent of long-term care residents who were able to retain mobility.

Provider
A
24.34%
State
A-
21.48%
National
B
17.10%

Percentage of Residents
Higher is Better

Hospitalizations

This metric tracks the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care.

Provider
B+
1.5
State
A-
1.27
National
B
1.70

Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. There is a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.

Provider
D
24.34
State
C
21.48
National
B
17.10

Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Measures the percentage of short-term residents that experienced functional improvements.

Provider
F
49.61%
State
B
67.99%
National
B
68.03%

Percentage of Resident
Higher is Better

Nearby Hospitals

Penobscot Valley Hospital 9.88 mi
7 Transalpine Road, PO Box 368 Lincoln Maine 04457
(207) 794-3321
Critical Access Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Private

Nearby Dialysis

Davita Lincoln Lakes Regional Dialysis 10.94 mi
Dialysis Stations: 8
250 Enfield Rd / PO Box 367 Lincoln Maine 04457
(207) 794-6095