Durgin Pines is the sole option we found in Kittery, Maine. This nursing home turns out to be a grade A facility, which is a high-end rating. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it as one of the 25 best nursing homes in Maine. This also turned out to be a very consistent nursing home with consistently strong scores in all four of the major categories we assessed. Additional information about these categories is available below.
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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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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. Inspection grades are tied to datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that score well in this area tend to have few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these facilities generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. Although this facility had a few deficiencies on its report, none of them were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home also was awarded a first-rate short-term care grade. In fact, this ended up being this nursing home's second best category score. In that category, we gave this facility a grade of A. Our short-term care grades are likely most meaningful for those in need of a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually requires higher levels of skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes not just nursing, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the number of patients who eventually returned home from this nursing home. We found that 6.5 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
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Adding to its strong resume, this facility also received an excellent nursing score, with a grade of A. Our nursing grade is largely tied to a nursing home's nurse staffing. This facility provided 0.4 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 nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can typically be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Long-term Care Quality
In our last area, this nursing home also received a very strong long-term care rating, with an A-. This completed a very impressive report card. Facilities that excel in long-term care tend to be well-staffed and provide extensive hands on care to patients. One of the data points we considered after nursing hours was vaccines. This nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccination to 94.58128 percent of its patients. This is a proven method to minimize unnecessary deaths for the elderly population. Finally, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Durgin Pines Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Durgin Pines, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely the result of residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Durgin Pines, 4.18% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of patients who sustained a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are considered by many experts to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls resulting in injury are routinely caused by lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Durgin Pines, 3.5% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term residents which had UTI's. Although more of these infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare different facilities due to facilities having varying reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Durgin Pines, 18.39% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who are prescribed antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior in situations where such drugs aren't medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these drugs due to having more residents suffering from cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Durgin Pines, 15.41% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety medications. These medications are generally used to treat residents experiencing depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Durgin Pines, 8.02% of Patients
This is the percent of residents showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Durgin Pines, 92.15% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents who have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for nursing home patients, making these types of vaccines critical to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Durgin Pines, 14.01% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percent of long-term residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and eating. Many in the industry would argue that this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Durgin Pines, 19.04% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percentage of long-term care residents that maintained mobility.
In Durgin Pines, 1 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. There is generally a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Durgin Pines, 19.04 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical abilities of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Durgin Pines, 12.58 Percentage of Patients
This metric tracks the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Durgin Pines, 70.88% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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