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Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 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

57.93% 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

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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.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

We also awarded this facility a grade of B- for our nursing rating. Nursing scores are largely tied to a nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident on a daily basis. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this nursing home surprisingly excelled in some of the quality measures we looked at. It performed well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. Many consider these areas to be measures of the quality of nursing care. In many cases, the quality of nursing care is every bit as important as the quantity of hours of care provided.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

This facility's next most favorable category turned out to be its long-term care score, where it was awarded a grade of C. Our long-term care ratings are more critical for those needing more conventional assistance related to personal care. One of the factors we considered on top of nursing hours is vaccines. Candidly, we were a bit bothered by the fact that this facility provided the pneumonia vaccination to only 72.25131 percent of its residents. On a more positive note, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: C

The last area we assessed is short-term care. For this category, we gave this facility a grade of C. Our short-term care grade is typically used to measure a facility's performance with rehabilitation. In order to have quality rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally need to provide better levels of skilled nursing services. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other highly skilled individuals. We were surprised to find that this nursing home was below average in the two key staffing areas we assessed. The facility offered fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other nursing homes. The last measure we assessed in this area is the number of patients that ultimately returned home from the nursing home. We found that just 4.9 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home. Unfortunately, this was below average.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: C

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, 3.62% 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-plus

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 2.45% 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, 18.96% 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, 18.8% 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, 1.95% 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, 91.63% 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, 15.18% 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, 19.01% Percentage of Residents

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

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 1.24 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, 19.01 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: C

In Fitchburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 10.9 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, 71.03% 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