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Gardiner Health Care Facility

  • Nursing Home

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-plus
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Gardiner Health Care Facility's website

PO Box 520,
Houlton ME 04730

(207) 532-3323

55.55% estimated occupancy 1

Gardiner Health Care Facility is a small nursing home in Houlton, Maine. Featuring an overall grade of B+, this nursing home should work for most prospective patients. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top third of all nursing homes in the nation. This facility was better in some categories than others, but it didn't have any bad scores in any of our major categories discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Nurse Quality

Grade: A-plus

One of the many reasons this turned out to be a great nursing home is that it received an A+ nursing grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this category. Our nursing grade assesses the facility's nurse staffing levels. We factor in both the levels of skill of those nurses as well as the amount of time spent with residents. This particular nursing home provided 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility Maine in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as by employing a system of moving a patient more often.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

In addition, this facility received top notch health inspections in recent years. We awarded them one of our better grades in that category, with an A-. Our inspection grades weigh several factors included in a facility's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. Places with higher grades in this category tend to have very few of these severe deficiencies. Although this facility had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none of them were severe based on CMS' scale. We should note that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in the industry.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

This nursing home is also above average in the category of short-term care, where it received a grade of B+. It outpaced most nursing homes in this area. Short-term care grades are generally used to score a nursing home's rehabilitation services In order to provide highly graded rehabilitation services, facilities generally must have better levels of highly skilled nursing services. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other licensed professionals. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the percentage of residents that ultimately returned home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

The last area we scored is long-term care, where this facility received a grade of C. This ended up being this nursing home's worst area. This is still not a poor grade. If you are seeking anything other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at long-term care scores. One of the statistics we considered in addition to nurse's aid hours is vaccinations. Thankfully, this nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccine to 99.047615 percent of its patients. This place also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Gardiner Health Care Facility Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 6.03% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percent of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often caused by residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing care can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 3.91% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of residents who have had a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . Falls which result in injury are often caused by poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 3.22% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many experts to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely linked to a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this statistic could be misleading for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 20.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that were prescribed antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such drugs are not medically indicated. However, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these medications due to an increased number of patients with cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 16.44% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percent of residents who were given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to patients suffering from depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 8.43% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who are showing symptoms of depression. Many argue this is a measure of patient quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 94.03% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care patients who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines critical to patient safety.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: D

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 14.38% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and eating.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 24.84% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percent of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 1.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: D

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 24.84 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: D

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 73.12% Percentage of Resident

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Cary Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 19.94 miles away163 Van Buren Rd, Suite 1 Caribou Maine 04736Government - Local(207) 498-3111

Nearby Dialysis

  • County Dialysis Center6.83 miles away23 North Street Suite 5 Presque Isle Maine 04769Dialysis Stations: 14 (207) 768-5863