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Gardiner Health Care Facility

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Updated Nov 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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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 A-, this nursing home is one of the higher-rated nursing homes we looked at. We were so impressed with this facility that we ranked it in the top third of all facilities nationally. This nursing home's impressive report card was highlighted by its nursing score, which we will address in the next paragraph.

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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 (2022)
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Nurse Quality

Grade: A-plus

We also want to note that this facility excelled in our nursing rating. We awarded them an A+ in this area. Our nursing grade looks at the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. We look at both the levels of licensure of the nurses and the number of hours spent with residents. This particular nursing home provided 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place the nation in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can typically be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as employing a system of moving residents even once per day.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

Adding to this nursing home's impressive resume, we awarded this facility an A- for our inspections rating. Inspection scores take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can find more information about each of these factors by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this nursing home had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none of them were serious based on CMS' scale. We should note that deficiency-free inspection reports are rare in this industry.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

Contributing to its fine resume, this facility also received an excellent short-term care grade, with a grade of A-. Our short-term care scores are based on the facility's quantity of highly-skilled highly skilled professionals. This includes a vast scope of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, not to mention other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

Switching gears to the next area, this facility was awarded a decent long-term care rating. Even though this was not as dominant as several of its other grades, this is still not a poor grade. If you are seeking anything other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each nursing home's long-term care scores. In addition to considering the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 98.958336 percent of its patients. This place was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization 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 18Dec 23

Gardiner Health Care Facility Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 1.28% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This metric is an indication of the percentage of long-term care patients who developed new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We bake this statistic into both nursing and long-term care grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 0% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term care patients that sustained falls which caused major injury. We use this statistic in determining nursing grades.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 4.17% of Patients had UTIs

This datapoint is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents that had UTI's. UTI's could be a sign of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this statistic may be skewed for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 46.32% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This datapoint is an indication of the percent of long-term residents who are prescribed antipsychotic medication. Increased usage of these drugs may mean a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior in situations where such drugs aren't medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these medications due to having more patients suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 11.7% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric is an indication of the percent of long-term stay patients who were given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are typically prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 21.98% of Patients

Measures the percent of long-term stay residents demonstrating depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 96.7% of Patients

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for seniors, making these vaccines critical to patient well-being.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: D

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 22.22% of Patients

This is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and taking a bath. Many would argue this is a measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-plus

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 33.95% of Residents

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who remained mobile levels. Some experts argue that mobility is vital to patients well-being.


Grade: A-plus

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care. There is usually a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the overall quality of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: F

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 33.95% of Residents Rehospitalized

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

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 55.81% of Resident

This is the percentage of short-term stay residents that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.

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