Harris Health Center is one of a mere three nursing homes in East Providence, Rhode Island. This is a quality nursing home with a grade of B+ overall. We were pleased to find out that many of the other facilities in East Providence received similar grades. Based on our ratings, this facility looks like a good fit for most people. This facility's strong profile was highlighted by its nursing score, which we will address in the next section.
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Harris Health 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 - Limited Liability company
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
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Best Nursing Home in Rhode Island Awards 2019
Registered Staff Hours
To go along with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A for our nursing grade. Our nursing rating includes quite a few factors, but the primary one is the quantity of nurse hours spent with patients. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as having a protocol of moving residents more frequently.
Short-term Care Quality
This facility was given high scores in the category of short-term care as well. Consequently, we gave it one of our most favorable scores in that category with a score of A-. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we quantify the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. The purpose is to create a barometer for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different nursing homes. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
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This facility also excelled in the area of inspections, where it received a grade of B+. Few nursing homes performed better in this category. Inspection ratings are tied to many datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that score well in this category tend to have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. Although this place had a few deficiencies on its report, none of them were serious based on CMS' deficiency scale. A few minor dings aren't the end of the world.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we rated was long-term care, in which this nursing home was awarded a grade of B. This nursing home didn't end up having any real weaknesses. Nursing homes that receive this type of grade in long-term care tend to provide consistent around the clock care to make sure patients are kept in good health. In addition to assessing the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 97.89474 percent of its residents. Vaccines are vital to keeping patients healthy. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Harris Health Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Harris Health Center, 7.72% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Harris Health Center, 4.42% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure tells you the percentage of long-term residents who had falls which caused major injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be an indicator of lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Harris Health Center, 2.86% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of nursing care . UTI's are often linked to a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this datapoint can be skewed for some nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Harris Health Center, 19.59% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may mean a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Harris Health Center, 15.85% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety drugs. These medications are used to treat patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Harris Health Center, 2.02% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents who are demonstrating depressive symptoms. Many in the industry would argue that this is a measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Harris Health Center, 93.99% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients that have received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Harris Health Center, 16.08% Percentage of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and taking a bath. Some experts would argue that this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Harris Health Center, 17.13% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of patients that maintained mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Harris Health Center, 17.13 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.
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