Denali Center is an average-sized hospital-based facility in Fairbanks, Alaska. This nursing home proved to be a grade A facility, which is a very elite rating. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top ten percent of all facilities in the nation. If you look below, you can see this facility's category ratings, which look to be equally impressive as its overall rating.
Get our free e-book to learn all about your senior care options.
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
- Contracted Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
Get pricing and details on Fairbanks senior living options.Get Pricing
- 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
- Palliative Care
- Physical Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
Get our free e-book to learn all about your senior care options.
Best Nursing Home in Alaska Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Fairbanks, Alaska Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Alaska Awards 2021
Best Nursing Home in Fairbanks, Alaska Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
In addition to being a first-rate facility overall, this facility also excelled in our short-term care category, where it received an elite grade of A+. In determining our short-term care grades, we analyze the facility's levels of highly skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other highly trained professionals. This grade is frequently a useful measure of the nursing home's rehabilitation. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. However, based on the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the number of residents who eventually returned home from this nursing home. We found that 7 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing rating. In that category, we gave this facility an A+. There are quite a few factors included in this area. Many of the factors are tied to the quantity of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.6 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this facility 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 country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as by employing a system of turning a patient more often.
Does this page answer your questions about Denali Center?
Long-term Care Quality
The next category we looked at is long-term care. Contributing to its elite resume, this facility also performed well in that area. In fact, it received a of A- in the area. When facilities receive a grade in this range in long-term care it generally means it has plenty of staff and is a quality place to reside on a permanent basis. In addition to considering the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 99.58678 percent of its patients, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia is often a deadly illness for nursing home residents so we like it when a facility does not roll the dice on this issue. Clearly, this nursing home 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 one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
Lastly, this nursing home also received excellent inspections in recent years. We awarded it one of our best scores in that area, with an A-. Few facilities earned an A- or better in every category. These inspection grades take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can find more information about each of these factors by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This facility was hit with 6 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe. This tells you that the government inspectors did not consider any of these deficiencies to pose an imminent risk to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Denali Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Denali Center, 13.01% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percent of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely caused by patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Denali Center, 3.56% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a fall which resulted in major injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Denali Center, 3.27% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percent of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are often linked to lower quality nursing care. Better hygiene protocols can reduce the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Note that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Denali Center, 14.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many residents, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Denali Center, 20.31% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients who were prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are administered to patients experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Denali Center, 7.01% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents who are exhibiting depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Denali Center, 97.41% of Patients
This is the percent of residents who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Denali Center, 11.72% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Denali Center, 16.38% Percentage of Residents
Measures the percent of long-term residents who retained mobility levels. Some experts would argue that mobility is important for patients mental and physical health.
In Denali Center, 0.72 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care. There is typically a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Denali Center, 16.38 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Denali Center, 14.74 Percentage of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to measure patient well-being during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Denali Center, 86.9% Percentage of Resident
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements.
- Fairbanks Memorial HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 0.18 miles away1650 Cowles Street Fairbanks Alaska 99701Voluntary non-profit - Private(907) 452-8181
- Bassett Ach (Ft Wainwright)Acute Care - Department of Defense 2.19 miles away4076 Neely Road Fort Wainwright Alaska 99703Department of Defense(907) 361-4000
- Fmc Fairbanks0.59 miles away1863 Airport Way Fairbanks Alaska 99701Dialysis Stations: 17 (907) 452-2900