Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is a large nursing home located in Gardner, Massachusetts. This proved to be a very respectable facility, with an overall grade of B. You could definitely do much worse than this facility. This place is stronger in some categories than others, but it did not have any poor grades in any of our major areas discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.
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Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Partnership
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Amputee Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Mental Health
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
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Registered Staff Hours
In addition to receiving a solid overall grade, this facility also earned a strong inspection grade, which is associated with its recent health inspections. In fact, we awarded it an above average grade of B+ in this area. Inspection ratings take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these factors by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. We were not able to track down deficiency counts for this nursing home. We would like to have more data for this facility. Without information regarding deficiencies, it was challenging to fully evaluate this facility in terms of this category.
Long-term Care Quality
This nursing home is also strong in the area of long-term care, where it was awarded a score of B. It performed better than most facilities in this area. Nursing homes that receive this type of score in this category tend to provide consistent around the clock care to ensure patients are well cared for. On top of assessing the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 98.73817 percent of its residents. Vaccines are vital to keeping residents out of the hospital. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third category we graded was short-term care. This nursing home was given a very positive short-term care grade, with a grade of B in the category. Short-term care grades are based in part on the nursing home's quantity of skilled nursing services. This means a vast scope of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, in addition to other variations of therapy. Unfortunately, we weren't able to find information on registered nurse or physical therapy staffing for this nursing home. Finally, we considered the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 5.5 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
Moving on to the fourth area, this facility was awarded a grade of B- in nursing, which we consider to be a respectable rating. The nursing category includes a handful of factors, many of which are based on levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Finally, our nursing ratings also factor in quality-based metrics, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the highest total nursing hours per resident, this facility performed admirably in the area of preventing major falls. This is usually a reliable indicator that a nursing home has sufficient quality controls in place. Some falls could be avoided if a facility provides enough nurses to assist its patients.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 5.79% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often the result of residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 5.68% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of patients that suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are routinely associated with lower levels of patient supervision. Better nursing care can reduce the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 1.68% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of patients who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often associated with lower quality nursing care. However, this datapoint could be misleading for certain facilities due to different reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 14.79% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This metric indicates the percentage of long-term residents receiving antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used appropriately. In limited situations, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 20.58% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients which are administered antianxiety drugs. These drugs are generally prescribed to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 0.67% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who are showing symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 94.7% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care patients that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home patients, making these vaccines important for resident well-being.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 19.71% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term residents that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and eating. Some experts believe that this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 14.48% of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that were able to retain mobility.
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is important to preserving the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 14.48% of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 23.71% of Patients
This indicates the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between staying out of the emergency room and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 76.13% of Resident
Measures the percent of short-term stay patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many argue that this is a measure of a facility's rehabilitation services.
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