With an address in Anacortes, Washington, Fidalgo Care Center is the lone facility located in the area. With an overall grade of B-, this looks like a middle of the road nursing home. This place has a few things going for it. The best part of this facility's report card was is its nursing rating. We discuss nursing in the next section.
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Fidalgo Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Contracted Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Individual
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Mental Health
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
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Registered Staff Hours
The main reason this turned out to be a great nursing home is that it received an elite nursing grade. In fact, we gave this facility a grade of A-. Nursing grades are based in large part on quantity of nursing care available. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in the area of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
Short-term Care Quality
Additionally, we also would like to point out that this facility was awarded positive short-term care marks in this assessment. We gave them one of our more impressive scores in this area, with a B+. This turned out to be the facility's second strongest grade. In the category of short-term care, we strive to evaluate indicators of a nursing home's rehabilitation. We assess the facility's skilled nursing services, including the ones performed by registered nurses and physical therapists. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. However, based on the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 5.1 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
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Long-term Care Quality
The next category we graded is long-term care. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of C. Our long-term care ratings are based on a nursing home's volume of nursing services. This includes a vast range of personal care services, ranging from help with activities of daily living to routine medical services. One of the datapoints we considered after nursing hours was vaccinations. Thankfully, this nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccine to 96.42857 percent of its patients. This nursing home was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
In the last category of government inspections, we gave this facility a D for our inspection category. This was its worst category grade, particularly in light of some of the more impressive scores discussed above. Nevertheless, since this data is compiled by a government inspector, we weight it heavily in our assessment. Our inspection grades weigh a host of factors found on a nursing home's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we rely on is the number and severity of deficiencies. This particular facility was assessed 8 deficiencies on its inspection report. The only positive thing we can say is that none of these deficiencies were in the categories that indicate they created a risk to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility also received 6 substantiated complaints in recent years. This is yet another bad sign.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Fidalgo Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Fidalgo Care Center, 4.88% 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 one position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Fidalgo Care Center, 1.79% of Patients had Serious Falls
This statistic tells you the percentage of long-term residents who suffered a fall leading to serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indicator of poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Fidalgo Care Center, 8% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often the result of facilities with lower levels of hygiene. Better hygiene protocols can reduce the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. We want to point out that this datapoint is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Fidalgo Care Center, 12% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Fidalgo Care Center, 16.67% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percent of residents given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are given to residents experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Fidalgo Care Center, 0% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents demonstrating depressive symptoms.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Fidalgo Care Center, 98.21% of Patients
This is the percent of residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Fidalgo Care Center, 12.5% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term care residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and bathing.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Fidalgo Care Center, 15.21% of Residents
This indicates the percentage of residents that retained mobility levels over time. Preserving mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Fidalgo Care Center, 15.21% of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Fidalgo Care Center, 17.78% of Patients
This indicates the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the overall quality of rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Fidalgo Care Center, 68.31% of Resident
This is a measure of the percent of short-term care patients that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry would argue that this is a reasonable measure of a facility's rehabilitation performance.
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