Fitchburg Healthcare is a facility in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. This city has a population of 40,337 people. We awarded it an overall grade of C, which is a middle of the road rating. Based on our analysis, there are definitely much worse nursing homes out there. One of the best aspects of this facility's report card is its exemplary inspection rating, which you can find in the next paragraph.
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- 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
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. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is always a good sign.
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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Short-term Care Quality
We awarded this nursing home just a D for our short-term care grade. This is not an impressive grade. Our short-term care ratings are based in part on a nursing home's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This includes a broad range of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, not to mention other forms of therapy. Based on its grade in this category, we were not surprised to learn that this place is well below average in terms of its number of physical therapy and registered nurse hours offered to its residents based on the data we looked at. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that just 5.3 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
The final area we rated is nursing, which was this facility's weakest area. We awarded this facility a grade of D in this category. The nursing grade weighs several factors, many of which are associated with levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.2 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing scores. This place fared well in the area of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. Many consider these areas to be reliable measures of the quality of nursing care.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Fitchburg Healthcare Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are routinely caused by patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of patients that sustained a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Major falls leading to injury are often caused by lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 2.42% 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, 19.05% 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, 18.65% 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, 1.93% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Fitchburg Healthcare, 91.44% 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, 15.15% 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, 17.66% 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, 1.44 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, 17.66 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, 10.93 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, 71.35% 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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