Fitchburg Healthcare is a facility in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. This city has a population of 40,337 people. We awarded it an overall grade of B-, which is a middle of the road rating. Based on our analysis, there are definitely much worse nursing homes out there. One of the better aspects of this facility's report card is its impressive inspection rating, which you can find in the next paragraph.
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- 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 Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
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Registered Staff Hours
We want to draw your attention to the fact that this facility outperformed its overall score in the category of inspections. In fact, it received an excellent government inspection report this year. As a result, we gave it one of our best scores in that category with an A-. Arguably the most critical factor we consider in calculating our inspection ratings is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes with better scores in this category most likely avoided the most severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Even some of the best nursing homes receive an occasional ding on their inspection report.
Long-term Care Quality
Additionally, we also would like to note that this facility received positive long-term care marks in this assessment. We gave them one of our more favorable grades in this category, with a grade of B. This turned out to be the nursing home's second highest score. When nursing homes receive this type of score in this category it is usually a good sign for resident care and indicates that the nursing home is well-staffed with nurses aids. On top of looking at the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its patients, which is very impressive. Pneumonia sadly is often a dangerous health condition for nursing home patients so we like it when a facility does not leave this to chance. Lastly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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This facility's next best category was its nursing grade, where it received a grade of C. In determining a facility's nursing grade, we consider the number of hours nurses are caring for patients as well as the skill levels of those nurses. This facility provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident daily. This is a much lower figure than we were hoping for. Lastly, nursing ratings also consider quality-based measures, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the highest total nursing hours, this place performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is typically a good indicator that a facility has sufficient quality controls in place. Many falls can be avoided if a facility supplies enough nurses to assist its residents.
Short-term Care Quality
The next category we assessed was short-term care. We gave this nursing home a grade of D for short-term care, leaving this as the facility's weakest category grade. In our short-term care score, we strive to forge a valuable measure for rehabilitation. In this process, we look at the nursing home's level of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as occupational therapy. In this nursing home's case, we found that it provides less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than the average facility. The final statistic we assessed in this area is the number of patients that eventually returned home from the facility. This facility struggled quite a bit in this area as well, with just 5.3 percent of its residents returning home. This was well below the national average.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Fitchburg Healthcare Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 6.61% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is the percentage of residents who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 3.77% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of long-term patients which have had a fall leading to major injury. This is one of the statistics we use in calculating nursing ratings.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 2.05% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term patients which suffered from urinary tract infections. UTI's could be an indication of worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this datapoint may be skewed for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 19.24% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of patients given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are administered to residents for many conditions, including dementia. Sadly, in limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 18.54% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are generally given to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 2.48% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 91.39% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 16.21% Percentage of Patients
This is the percent of residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 15.75% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percent of residents who retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 1.68 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 15.75 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 11.2 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 71.52% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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