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Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center's website

94 Summer Street,
Fitchburg MA 01420

(978) 343-3530

53.67% estimated occupancy 1

Located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is one of just a few facilities in this city. We awarded this nursing home an overall grade of D. A score in this range generally indicates some red flags. Keep in mind that Fitchburg received a city grade of B-, so should look at some other options in the city as well. More information on this nursing home's category grades may be found below. Its best category is inspections, which is discussed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Partnership
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Medication Management
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: B-minus

While we were not high on this nursing home overall, we gave it a B- for inspections. This grade is more respectable than this place's overall score. We believe that one of the most critical factors in evaluating an inspection report is deficiencies. We especially focus on the severity of the deficiencies. This nursing home was hit with 3 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none were considered to be major deficiencies. This indicates that CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies to pose an immediate threat to patient health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies aren't necessarily the end of the world.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: C

The next best area we gave this nursing home in any category came in the category of short-term care, where we awarded it a grade of C. With our short-term care grade, we try to craft a meaningful measure for rehabilitation services. In this process, we look at the nursing home's offerings of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. Unfortunately, this place was below average in terms of its quantity of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its patients based on the metrics we assessed. The question is whether this adversely impacted quality of care. Finally, we looked at the percentage of patients that returned home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home. This figure was actually quite a bit below average.

Nurse Quality

Grade: C

We awarded this facility a respectable grade in the area of nursing as well, with a grade of C. The nursing grade is based on many datapoints, but the main one is the quantity of nurse hours per patient per week. This facility provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient each day. This is a much lower figure than we were hoping for. Finally, while this place got docked a bit for its nursing hours per resident, it actually excelled in a few of our quality metrics. With less than five percent of its residents suffering from pressure ulcers, it performed well in this subcategory.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

Turning to our final area, this facility received a grade of C for long-term care, which is a respectable rating. In a long-term care environment, the facility's primary goal is to keep patients as healthy and safe as possible. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate residents. On top of considering the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. As it turns out, this nursing home provided the vaccine to just 71.95767 percent of its patients, which is several points lower than we expected. Nevertheless, this facility was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.01 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.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Sep 22

Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This figure gauges the percent of long-term care residents which suffered from new or worsened pressure ulcers . We consider this statistic when determining both nursing and long-term care grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of residents that sustained a fall leading to serious injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 2.42% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are routinely linked to lower quality nursing care. However, this metric could also be misleading for certain nursing homes due to different reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 19.05% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percentage of patients given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many residents, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percent of patients who were given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are typically used to treat residents suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 1.93% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents demonstrating symptoms of depression. Increased levels of depression could indicate a lower level of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 91.44% of Patients

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

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 15.15% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and using the bathroom.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 17.66% Percentage of Residents

This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that maintained mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 17.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

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

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: D

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 10.93 Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A-plus

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 71.35% Percentage of Resident

This is a measure of the percentage of short-term residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many in the industry argue this is a reasonable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation services.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Health Alliance - Clinton HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 2.82 miles away60 Hospital Road Leominster Massachusetts 01453Voluntary non-profit - Other(978) 466-2000
  • Heywood Hospital -Acute Care Hospitals 10.04 miles away242 Green Street Gardner Massachusetts 01440Voluntary non-profit - Private(978) 632-3420
  • Nashoba Valley Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 10.7 miles away200 Groton Road Ayer Massachusetts 01432Proprietary(978) 784-9000
  • Marlborough HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 19.39 miles away157 Union Street Marlborough Massachusetts 01752Voluntary non-profit - Private(508) 481-5000
  • St Joseph HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 19.69 miles away172 Kinsley St Nashua New Hampshire 03060Voluntary non-profit - Other(603) 882-3000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Davita Pdi Fitchburg1.67 miles away551 Electric Avenue Fitchburg Massachusetts 01420CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 19 (978) 343-4100
  • Fresenius Medical Care Southern Nh Dialysis Center19.22 miles away586 Nashua St Unit #20 Milford New Hampshire 03055Dialysis Stations: 13 (603) 672-6678