Heron's Key is a small non-profit facility located in Gig Harbor, Washington. This nursing home received an A- overall, which is very favorable score. Based on our ratings, this place is just about as as good as it gets. This place's impressive profile was highlighted by its short-term care score, which you can find in the next paragraph.

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CCRC : FalseUsed to indicate false.

Non profit - Corporation

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Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2019)

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Short-term Care Quality

A+
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Historical

In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this facility also received A+ short-term care grade. In determining our short-term care grades, we scrutinize a facility's levels of highly skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists occupational therapists and other types of therapists. This rating is frequently a useful measure of the nursing home's rehabilitation. This nursing home is substantially above the national average in terms of its quantity of both physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its residents. In fact, it provided about 50% more care per resident from both of these care providers than the average facility provided. These are generally good indicators of quality short-term care. Lastly, we looked at the percentage of residents who ultimately returned home from this facility. In addition to excelling in the area of physical therapy staffing, we found that it fared as well as just about any nursing home in this area with 65.4 percent of its patients returning home.

Nurse Quality

A+
Oct 18: B+Nov 18: B+Dec 18: B+Jan 19: B+Feb 19: B+May 19: A+Jun 19: A+Jul 19: B+Aug 19: B+Sep 19: B+Jan 20: AMar 20: AApr 20: A+May 20: A+Jun 20: A+Jul 20: A+Aug 20: A+
Historical

One of the other reasons we rated this nursing home so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing rating. In fact, nursing turned out to be its second best category grade. In that category, we awarded this facility an A+. Nursing ratings are based in large part on quality and quantity of nursing care. This facility provides an incredible 5.8 hours of nursing care per resident daily. Very few nursing homes provide this quantity of nursing care to their patients. Out of that total, many of the hours were provided by registered nurses, which is one of the more highly trained levels of nurses. On top of offering high levels of nursing care, this facility also performed well in several of the quality-based metrics we assessed. By way of illustration, in terms of the percentage of its residents suffering falls resulting in serious injury, this facility performed as well as any facility the country. Preventing major falls is generally a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can many times be avoided if more nurses and better safety protocols are employed.

Facility Inspections

A-
Oct 18: A+Nov 18: A+Dec 18: A+Jan 19: A+Feb 19: A+May 19: A-Jun 19: A-Jul 19: A-Aug 19: A-Sep 19: A-Jan 20: A-Mar 20: A-Apr 20: A-May 20: A-Jun 20: A-Jul 20: A-Aug 20: A-
Historical

Racking up another strong category grade, this nursing home also excelled in inspections, where it earned an A-. These inspection ratings take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can learn more about each of these factors by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This facility was assessed 5 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This means that the government inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies to pose an immediate threat to resident safety or health. Keep in mind that deficiency-free inspections are rare in the industry.

Long-term Care Quality

D
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Historical

Moving on to our final category, we awarded this nursing home a D for our long-term care category. This is the nursing home's weakest category rating. Nevertheless, you shouldn't focus exclusively a single poor category. Our long-term care grades are more important for folks requiring more traditional assistance associated with activities of daily living. On top of assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 93.333336 percent of its patients. This is a few points below what we expected but still a decent figure. To our surprise, this facility was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, this facility has less hospitalizations than the average nursing home. This is its best score in this category.

Overall Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

Aug 20
Provider:
A-
State:
B-
National:
B
FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Nov 18Dec 18Jan 19Feb 19Mar 19Apr 19May 19Jun 19Jul 19Aug 19Sep 19Oct 19Dec 19Jan 20Mar 20Apr 20May 20Jun 20Jul 20Aug 20
Overall Rating
Nurse Rating
Long-Term Rating
Short-Term Rating
Inspection Rating

Heron's Key Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of residents that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin resulting from staying in one position for too long.

Provider
B-
8%
State
B+
6.51%
National
B
7.32%

Percent of Patients with Pressure Ulcers
Lower is Better

Minimizes Serious Falls

This metric gauges the percent of long-term stay patients who experienced falls leading to severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be an indication of poor nursing care.

Provider
A+
0%
State
B+
3.03%
National
B
3.36%

Percent of Patients with Serious Falls
Lower is Better

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

This tells you the percentage of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are often associated with poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this datapoint could be misleading for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Provider
A+
0%
State
B
2.47%
National
B
2.65%

Percent of Patients with UTIs
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percentage of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic drugs are administered to patients for a variety of conditions, such as dementia. Tragically, in some cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.

Provider
C
20%
State
B
14.62%
National
B
14.18%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percent of long-term stay residents taking antianxiety drugs.

Provider
B+
15.38%
State
A-
12.27%
National
B
19.68%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Managing Depression Among Residents

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay residents who are exhibiting signs of depression.

Provider
C
7.14%
State
B-
10.42%
National
B+
5.07%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

This is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Provider
F
80%
State
B
92.43%
National
B
92.05%

Percent of Patients
Higher is Better

Residents Maintain Autonomy

This is the percent of patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of needing for assistance with ADL's may indicate decline of a resident's health.

Provider
A
7.69%
State
B+
13.68%
National
B
14.45%

Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

This indicates the percent of residents who maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.

Provider
F
8.14%
State
B
18.05%
National
B
17.08%

Percentage of Residents
Higher is Better

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

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

Provider
A+
8.14
State
B
18.05
National
B
17.08

Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Provider
B-
10.84
State
B-
11.56
National
B
10.26

Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

This is the percentage of short-term residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of autonomy with ADL's often correlates with higher quality rehabilitation.

Provider
B-
67.57%
State
B
67.15%
National
B
68.03%

Percentage of Resident
Higher is Better

Nearby Hospitals

St Anthony Hospital 0.95 mi
11567 Canterwood Boulevard Nw Gig Harbor Washington 98332
(253) 530-2050
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Church
St Joseph Medical Center 10.51 mi
1717 South J Street Tacoma Washington 98405
(253) 627-4101
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Church
St Francis Community Hospital 13.53 mi
34515 9th Avenue South Federal Way Washington 98003
(253) 944-8100
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Church
Highline Medical Center 13.6 mi
16251 Sylvester Road Sw Seattle Washington 98166
(206) 244-9970
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Private
St Clare Hospital 14.96 mi
11315 Bridgeport Way S W Lakewood Washington 98499
(253) 588-1711
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Church
Harrison Memorial Hospital 15.66 mi
2520 Cherry Avenue Bremerton Washington 98310
(360) 377-3911
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Private
Multicare Auburn Medical Center 17.35 mi
202 North Division Street Plaza One Auburn Washington 98001
(253) 833-7711
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Private
Madigan Amc (Ft Lewis) 17.71 mi
9040 Jackson Avenue Tacoma Washington 98431
(253) 968-1110
Acute Care - Department of Defense
Department of Defense

Nearby Dialysis

Renal Care Group Northwest, Inc. 2.26 mi
Dialysis Stations: 12
4700 Point Fosdick Dr Nw Ste 101 Gig Harbor Washington 98335
(253) 851-0330
Tacoma Dialysis Center 9.74 mi
CMS Rating: 4 stars
Dialysis Stations: 13
3401 S 19th St Tacoma Washington 98405
(253) 573-1600
Renal Care Group Northwest, Inc. 10.45 mi
Dialysis Stations: 20
1717 South J Street Tacoma Washington 98405
(253) 627-1995
Belfair Dialysis 12.37 mi
Dialysis Stations: 5
23961 Ne State Route 3 Belfair Washington 98528
(360) 275-0141
Renal Care Group Northwest, Inc. 12.55 mi
CMS Rating: 3 stars
Dialysis Stations: 22
5825 Tacoma Mall Blvd Ste 103 Tacoma Washington 98409
(253) 671-9937
Olympic Peninsula Kc - South Kitsap 12.76 mi
Dialysis Stations: 11
450 S Kitsap Blvd Bldg 1, Suite 178 Port Orchard Washington 98366
(360) 895-7795
Nkc Federal Way West Campus 13.15 mi
Dialysis Stations: 7
501 South 336th St., Suite 110 Federal Way Washington 98003
(253) 943-6312
Total Renal Care, Inc 13.31 mi
Dialysis Stations: 12
27320 Pacific Hwy S Federal Way Washington 98003
(253) 529-7825