Falmouth by the Sea is a small nursing home located in Falmouth, Maine. It looks like this nursing home is one of the better nursing homes we assessed. A grade of this caliber requires first-rate scores across the board. We were so impressed with this nursing home that we ranked it in the top 25 percent of all nursing homes in the nation. The best part of this nursing home's impressive profile is its short-term care rating. We discuss short-term care in the next paragraph
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Falmouth by the Sea
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Oncology Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Radiation Therapy
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Top Nursing Home in Maine Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Maine Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Falmouth, Maine Awards 2020
Top Nursing Home in Maine Awards 2021
Best Nursing Home in Falmouth, Maine Awards 2021
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Short-term Care Quality
In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this nursing home excelled in our shot-term care category. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A for that category. Short-term care scores are based on the nursing home's quantity of skilled nursing services. This includes a wide scope of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, not to mention other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 6.8 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
Adding to its impressive category grades, this nursing home also excelled in the area of inspections, where it received an A. Our inspection ratings weigh several factors included in a facility's inspection report. One of the most important criteria we rely on is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with higher scores in this area usually have few severe deficiencies. While this facility had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means that the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. The fact that none of the deficiencies were severe made us feel better about this inspection report.
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We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this facility received an impressive grade of A- in our nursing category. Our nursing rating is primarily based on a facility's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.5 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 place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can many times be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Long-term Care Quality
The next category we analyzed was long-term care. We awarded this facility an acceptable score in that category, with a B-. While this isn't as strong as a few of its other scores, it is nevertheless not a major area of concern. In the area of long-term care, we weigh the amount of care provided by a nursing home, as opposed to more healthcare-oriented services. In addition to looking at the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 98.342545 percent of its residents, which is higher than the vast majority of nursing homes. This place was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Falmouth by the Sea Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Falmouth by the Sea, 6.11% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term stay patients who are suffering from pressure ulcers or bed sores. We bake this statistic into both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Falmouth by the Sea, 4.18% of Patients had Serious Falls
This metric gauges the percentage of long-term residents who have suffered falls which caused severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be a sign of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Falmouth by the Sea, 3.5% of Patients had UTIs
This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term care residents who sustained UTI's. UTI's may be an indicator of lower quality nursing care. However, this metric could be misleading for some facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Falmouth by the Sea, 18.39% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to make sure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Falmouth by the Sea, 15.41% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were given antianxiety drugs. These medications are typically prescribed to patients experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Falmouth by the Sea, 8.02% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term residents showing signs of depression. Some argue that this is a reliable measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Falmouth by the Sea, 92.15% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Falmouth by the Sea, 14.01% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Falmouth by the Sea, 19.04% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients that maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Falmouth by the Sea, 1 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is key to maintaining the physical well-being of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Falmouth by the Sea, 19.04 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Falmouth by the Sea, 12.58 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to gauge short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Falmouth by the Sea, 70.88% Percentage of Resident
This is the percentage of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of independence with activities of daily living typically correlates with higher quality rehabilitation.
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