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Cummings Health Care Facility

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Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Lata

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

94.7% estimated occupancy 1

Cummings Health Care Facility is the only nursing home we identified in Howland, Maine. This nursing home proved to be a middle of the road facility, with an overall grade of B-. In our view, this place should be a solid choice for quite a few people. The best part of this place's report card was is its nursing grade. We discuss nursing in the next paragraph.

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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

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2022)
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Nurse Quality

Grade: A-minus

This nursing home received a solid overall grade as described above, but it really excelled in the area of nursing care, with an impressive grade of A- in this category. Our nursing grade is based on quite a few factors, most of which are associated with nursing hours. This facility provided 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed 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 facility the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as by having a protocol of turning a patient more often.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

This facility also was awarded a positive score in our short-term care category. We gave this facility an above average grade of B in this category. Our short-term care ratings are likely most critical for residents needing rehabilitation from their nursing home. Rehabilitation usually requires higher levels of skilled nursing services. This means not only nursing, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other forms of therapy. Unfortunately, it does not appear that this nursing home provided information on registered nurse or physical therapist staffing. Finally, we looked at the number of residents that ultimately were able to return home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B

This facility's third best category grade came in the area of inspections. In that category, we gave this facility a grade of B. It actually outperformed most facilities in this category. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in computing our inspection scores. One of those factors is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of deficiencies is usually more important than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies end up being relatively minor. Although this facility had some deficiencies on its government inspection report, none of them were serious based on CMS' deficiency scale. We should point out that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in the industry.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: F

The next area we scored was long-term care, which is this nursing home's worst area. Sadly, it received an F for this category, which is clearly very disappointing. Nursing homes that do not score well in this category often do not provide as much nursing care and also may be lagging in some of the areas of routine personal care we assessed. Once we looked at the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we next considered the facility's vaccination data. We were disappointed to learn that this facility vaccinated only 90 percent of its patients against pneumonia. Surprisingly, this place was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility had fewer hospitalizations than the average nursing home. This is its best feature in this category.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Dec 23

Cummings Health Care Facility Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 4.94% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by staying in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 2.5% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of residents who suffered from a fall leading to serious injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: F

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 7.5% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of long-term care patients which have sustained a UTI. UTI's could be an indication of a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. However, this metric can also be misleading for some facilities due to different reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 35.58% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents that were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in scenarios where such medications aren't medically indicated. However, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these medications due to having more patients with cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 13.59% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percent of long-term care residents who are given antianxiety medication. These drugs are generally prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-minus

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 6.09% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term residents showing depressive symptoms. Some experts would argue this is a measure of quality of life.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 81.23% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term care residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 13.59% of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with ADL's may indicate the deterioration of a patient's medical condition.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 10.41% of Residents

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who maintained mobility. Many believe that the ability to move around is critical to residents' physical and mental health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is key to maintaining the physical well-being of nursing home patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Cummings Health Care Facility, 10.41% of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.

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