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Gardiner Health Care Facility

Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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PO Box 520,
Houlton ME 04730

(207) 532-3323

55.77% estimated occupancy 1

Gardiner Health Care Facility is a senior living facility located in Houlton, Maine. This city has a population of 9,992 people. Sporting an overall grade of A-, this facility is ranked among the higher-rated nursing homes we assessed. In fact, we ranked this nursing home in the top third of all facilities in the country. This facility's impressive report card was highlighted by its nursing rating, which you can find in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation

Registered Staff Hours

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Nurse Quality

Grade: A-plus

On top of being a first rate nursing home overall, this facility also excelled in the category of nursing, where it received an A+. Few nursing homes performed better in this area. Our nursing rating assesses the facility's nurse staffing levels. We factor in both the levels of training of the nurses as well as the amount of time spent with patients. This place boasts a really impressive 5 hours of nursing care per patient per day, of which a significant percentage was provided by registered nurses. This is one of the most highly highly trained levels of nurses. This is among the higher totals of nursing hours we were able to find. In addition to offering impressive levels of care, this place also excelled in the quality measures we assessed. By way of illustration, it performed as well as any nursing home in the nation when it comes to avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We look at these statistics as reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care provided.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

Turning to inspections, this facility excelled in that area, which is based on the facility's inspection reports. We awarded it an A- for that category. Inspection grades take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these factors by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this facility had a few minor dings on its government inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G through L. This means CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Remember that deficiency-free inspection reports are uncommon in the industry.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-minus

Turning the page to our next area, we gave this facility a grade of A- for our short-term care rating. This is a superb score. In determining our short-term care grades, we assess the nursing home's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other types of therapists. This area is often a meaningful assessment of a facility's ability to rehabilitate patients. One of this nursing home's strengths is registered nurse hours. We found that it offers more care from registered nurses to its residents than most facilities. The last datapoint we considered in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. It fared as well as just about any facility in Maine in this area with 58.7 percent of its residents returning home. For most nursing homes, less than half of their short-stay residents return home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The last category we graded proved to be this nursing home's poorest category. Nevertheless, even in its weakest link we still gave it an acceptable grade of B- in our long-term care category. Long-term care grades assess a facility's assistance with daily living instead of the skilled therapy or medical services that are critical to a skilled nursing facility. After assessing the very respectable amount of nursing care provided by this nursing home, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 99.082565 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is higher than many nursing homes. Lastly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0.43 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Gardiner Health Care Facility Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 5.98% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percent of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin resulting from remaining in the same position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 3.69% of Patients had Serious Falls

This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term patients that suffered a fall leading to severe injury. This is one of the statistics we use in computing our nursing ratings.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 3.28% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of long-term stay residents who suffered from urinary tract infections. UTI's may be an indication of a facility with lower levels of hygiene. Nevertheless, this statistic could also be skewed for certain facilities due to different reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 20.45% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic medications are prescribed to patients for a variety of conditions, such as cognitive disorders. Tragically, in some situations, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 16.59% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percent of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are used to treat residents experiencing depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 8.28% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who are showing signs of depression. Some would argue this is a reliable measure of patient quality of life.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 94.82% of Patients

This is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home residents, making these vaccines critical to patient health.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: F

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 14.76% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 27.36% Percentage of Residents

This metric tracks the percent of long-term care residents that retained mobility levels.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 0.93 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is key to the physical well-being of nursing home patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: D

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 27.36 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the physical abilities of patients.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: D

In Gardiner Health Care Facility, 74.02% Percentage of Resident

This metric is a measure of the percent of short-term stay patients that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some experts would argue that this is a reliable measure of rehabilitation services.

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

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