Heron's Key is a nursing home in Gig Harbor, Washington, a city with a total of 51,325 people. We gave this facility an overall score of A-, which is a very strong score. As a matter of fact, it turned out to be the number one rated nursing home in the city. We could not find many negative things to say about this nursing home. Its ratings are impeccable. If you look further down this page, you can see this facility's category scores, which are also quite good.
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Memory Care
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
- Accepts Medicare 1
- No Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Secure Memory Care
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
We also found that this nursing home excelled at short-term care. We awarded them an A+ in this area. Our short-term care grade is typically employed to measure a nursing home's rehabilitation services. In order to provide quality rehabilitation services, facilities generally must offer better levels of skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and other licensed professionals. Fortunately, it appear that this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we assessed the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 7.2 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home.
This nursing home also received a very impressive nursing grade. In fact, this turned out to be its second best category grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of A. Our nursing score is mostly based on a facility's level of nurse staffing. This facility provided 0.6 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This nursing home performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can many times be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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In addition, this facility also earned first-rate inspections in recent years. We awarded them one of our better grades in that area, with an impressive grade of B+. Inspection scores are tied to several pieces of information found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that excel in this category typically 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. While this place had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you that CMS didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. The fact that none of the deficiencies were severe made us feel better about this inspection report.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we graded is long-term care, in which this facility was awarded a B. Believe it or not, this proved to be this nursing home's weakest area. A facility could be doing a lot worse when it's worst score still outperforms most other nursing homes. When nursing homes receive this kind of score in long-term care it is typically a good sign for resident care and indicates that the nursing home is well-staffed with nurses and aids. On top of assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 97.4359 percent of its residents. Vaccines are vital to keeping residents healthy. Finally, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heron's Key Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heron's Key, 6.98% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by remaining in the same position for an excessive period of time.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heron's Key, 3.03% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of patients that suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are often associated with poor nursing care. More supervision can reduce the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heron's Key, 2.22% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percent of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely associated with lower quality nursing care. Closer supervision minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Note that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have incongruent reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heron's Key, 13.94% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term stay patients who are given antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may mean a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior in situations where such medications are not medically required. Nevertheless, some facilities need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of patients with dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heron's Key, 12.35% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients given antianxiety drugs. These medications are commonly prescribed to residents experiencing anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heron's Key, 13.68% of Patients
This indicates the percent of patients exhibiting signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heron's Key, 93.98% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay residents who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home patients, making these vaccines critical to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heron's Key, 13.82% Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and taking a bath.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heron's Key, 23.27% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percent of long-term residents who remained mobile levels. Some argue that the ability to move around is critical to patients mental and physical well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heron's Key, 23.27 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Heron's Key, 11.24 Percentage of Patients
This metric tracks the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to gauge the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Heron's Key, 74.06% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term care residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of independence with ADL's generally correlates with higher quality rehabilitation.
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