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Fairhaven Healthcare Center

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Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-plus
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476 Varnum Avenue,
Lowell MA 01854

59.4% estimated occupancy 1

Fairhaven Healthcare Center is one of seven nursing homes in Lowell, Massachusetts. This facility received an overall grade of B+, which is very favorable rating. This will likely be on your short list in Lowell as we ranked it as one of the three best nursing homes in the city. The best aspect of this facility's strong report card was its inspection score. Inspection reports are discussed 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 - Limited Liability company
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Meal Delivery
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Amputee Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Hemodialysis
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Bariatric Care
  • Audiology
  • Colostomy Care
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Catheter Care
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

On top of earning a great overall grade, this facility fared even better in our inspections category which is based on the facility's recent government inspection reports. In fact, we gave it an A- for that area, which is one of our best scores. Our inspection scores are based on many items found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that score well in this area have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these facilities generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. While this facility had a few minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you that the government inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. A few relatively minor deficiencies aren't necessarily something to panic about.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing rating. In fact, nursing proved to be its second best category grade. In that area, we gave this facility an B+. Our nursing category consists of many components, many of which are associated with levels of nurse staffing. This facility provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics 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 nursing home the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can typically be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by employing a protocol of turning patients at least once a day.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B

In addition, this facility also received favorable long-term care grades in our assessment. In fact, we awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with a score of B. For residents in need of a permanent place to live as opposed to skilled nursing, long-term care is an important category. After we finished assessing the amount of care provided by nurses, we next considered the facility's vaccination statistics. This facility vaccinated 60.913708 percent of its patients against pneumonia. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The final category we graded was short-term care. We awarded this facility a solid grade in this category, with a B-. Even though this was not on par with several of this facility's other grades, it is nevertheless not a poor grade. In calculating these short-term care scores, we look at the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. Our goal is to create a barometer for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different facilities. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. However, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final measure we considered in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that just 4.6 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 18Dec 23

Fairhaven Healthcare Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 8.96% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin due to staying in the same position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 3.55% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term patients that experienced a fall resulting in serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be an indication of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 4.2% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percent of long-term care residents which sustained urinary tract infections. UTI's may be an indicator of lower quality nursing care. Nevertheless, this statistic may be skewed for certain nursing homes due to different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 16.61% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are administered to residents for many medical conditions, including dementia. Sadly, in limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may suggest that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: D

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 34.13% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percent of residents given antianxiety medications. These drugs are generally prescribed to patients experiencing anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 1.67% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term patients who are demonstrating depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: F

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 70.46% of Patients

This is the percent of patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 19.89% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay patients that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and bathing.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 17.69% of Residents

This tells you the percentage of residents that retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: D

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This datapoint measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 17.69% of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 6.58% of Patients

This metric measures the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to measure the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: C

In Fairhaven Healthcare Center, 72.41% of Resident

This tells you the percentage of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

Scores for Lowell, MA

  • Overall Rating has a grade of B
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of B

Looking for more options? Lowell, Massachusetts has 6 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

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  • St Joseph HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 9.84 miles away172 Kinsley St Nashua New Hampshire 03060Voluntary non-profit - Other(603) 882-3000
  • Holy Family HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 10.63 miles away70 East Street Methuen Massachusetts 01844Proprietary(978) 687-0156
  • Nashoba Valley Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 12.38 miles away200 Groton Road Ayer Massachusetts 01432Proprietary(978) 784-9000
  • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, BurlingtonAcute Care Hospitals 13.08 miles away41 & 45 Mall Road Burlington Massachusetts 01803Voluntary non-profit - Private(781) 744-5100
  • Emerson Hospital -Acute Care Hospitals 13.59 miles away133 Old Road to 9 Acre Corner Concord Massachusetts 01742Voluntary non-profit - Private(978) 369-1400
  • Parkland Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 16.26 miles away1 Parkland Drive Derry New Hampshire 03038Proprietary(603) 421-2100

Nearby Dialysis

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  • Versailles Dialysis LLC10.51 miles away18 Pelham Road Salem New Hampshire 03079Dialysis Stations: 10 (603) 870-9487
  • Davita North Andover Renal at Home11.68 miles away201 Sutton Street North Andover Massachusetts 01845CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 19 (978) 975-1119
  • Fresenius Medical Care Merrimack Valley11.83 miles away100 Milk Street Methuen Massachusetts 01844CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 19 (978) 686-9900
  • Davita Burlington Regional Dialysis12.32 miles away31 Mall Road-Dialysis Suite 1b Burlington Massachusetts 01803CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 17 (781) 270-3580