Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley is a large nursing home in North Billerica, Massachusetts. Featuring an overall grade of B-, this looks like a solid nursing home. You could certainly do worse than this facility. One of the major highlights of this facility's report card is its remarkable inspection reports, which we will address in the next section.

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Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2019)

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Facility Inspections

A
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Historical

To go along with its decent overall grade, we gave this nursing home an A for our inspections rating. This is far more impressive than the facility's overall score. Inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these factors by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Amazingly, this was one of the few nursing homes in the country that had no deficiencies whatsoever on its inspection report. This is very impressive. You really can not go wrong with a deficiency-free inspection report.

Nurse Quality

B
Oct 18: A-Nov 18: A-Dec 18: A-Jan 19: A-Feb 19: A-May 19: AJun 19: AJul 19: A-Aug 19: ASep 19: A-Jan 20: B+Mar 20: B+Apr 20: BMay 20: BJun 20: BJul 20: BAug 20: B
Historical

We also awarded this facility a favorable grade in nursing. This facility earned a grade of B in this category, which is one of our better grades. Our nursing rating is primarily associated with the nursing home's nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 3.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed better than average in this area. This is often a good indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can typically be prevented if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Long-term Care Quality

B-
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Historical

This nursing home's next highest area turned out to be its long-term care score, where it was awarded a B-. In the category of long-term care, we analyze the amount of care provided by a nursing home, as opposed to more medically-intensive services. On top of considering the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to a relatively low 85.07853 percent of its residents, which is several points lower than we expected. Fortunately, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. While it had 1.92 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, its risk adjusted statistic was better than most facilities since it had more complex patients.

Short-term Care Quality

C
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Historical

Moving on to our final area, this nursing home received a respectable short-term care grade of C. Our short-term care grade is typically employed to gauge a nursing home's performance with rehabilitation. To have highly rated rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally must offer better levels of skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other types of therapists. Fortunately, this nursing home offers both physical therapists and registered nurses. Not all facilities offer both. The last item we assessed in this category is the percentage of patients that who were able to eventually return home from the facility. We found that just 40.8 percent of this facility's residents returned home.

Overall Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

Aug 20
Provider:
B-
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

Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage caused by remaining in the same position for too long.

Provider
B-
8.24%
State
B+
5.75%
National
B
7.32%

Percent of Patients with Pressure Ulcers
Lower is Better

Minimizes Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls leading to injury are routinely caused by poor nursing care.

Provider
B
3.14%
State
B
3.35%
National
B
3.36%

Percent of Patients with Serious Falls
Lower is Better

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are associated with poorer hygiene.

Provider
B+
1.33%
State
B
2.46%
National
B
2.65%

Percent of Patients with UTIs
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. These medications may be used to treat several medical conditions, such as cognitive disorders.

Provider
D
25.56%
State
B-
17.92%
National
B
14.18%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percentage of patients prescribed antianxiety medications. These medications are commonly given to patients experiencing anxiety or depression.

Provider
B
19.02%
State
B+
18.77%
National
B
19.68%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Managing Depression Among Residents

This tells you the percent of residents exhibiting signs of depression.

Provider
C
4.24%
State
B+
1.73%
National
B+
5.07%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for seniors, making these types of vaccines critical to patient care.

Provider
D
83.9%
State
B-
90.87%
National
B
92.05%

Percent of Patients
Higher is Better

Residents Maintain Autonomy

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and continence.

Provider
D
24.37%
State
B
14.82%
National
B
14.45%

Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

This tells you the percent of residents who maintained mobility over time. Optimizing mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.

Provider
A+
29.2%
State
B
16.96%
National
B
17.08%

Percentage of Residents
Higher is Better

Hospitalizations

Measures the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is critical to preserving the physical well-being of nursing home residents.

Provider
B
1.92
State
B+
1.45
National
B
1.70

Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

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

Provider
F
29.2
State
B
16.96
National
B
17.08

Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: ER Visits

This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the overall quality of nursing home care.

Provider
C
12.88
State
B
9.99
National
B
10.26

Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

This metric is a measure of the percent of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some experts would argue this is a reliable measure of rehabilitation performance.

Provider
B
68.24%
State
B-
63.24%
National
B
68.03%

Percentage of Resident
Higher is Better

Nearby Hospitals

Lowell General Hospital 4.31 mi
295 Varnum Avenue Lowell Massachusetts 01854
(978) 937-6000
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Private
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington 8.69 mi
41 & 45 Mall Road Burlington Massachusetts 01803
(781) 744-5100
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Emerson Hospital - 10.69 mi
133 Old Road to 9 Acre Corner Concord Massachusetts 01742
(978) 369-1400
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Private
Holy Family Hospital 11.39 mi
70 East Street Methuen Massachusetts 01844
(978) 687-0156
Acute Care Hospitals
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Winchester Hospital 12.44 mi
41 Highland Avenue Winchester Massachusetts 01890
(781) 729-9000
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Private
Nashoba Valley Medical Center 13.91 mi
200 Groton Road Ayer Massachusetts 01432
(978) 784-9000
Acute Care Hospitals
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Southern Nh Medical Center 13.96 mi
8 Prospect Street Nashua New Hampshire 03060
(603) 577-2000
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Private
St Joseph Hospital 14.21 mi
172 Kinsley St Nashua New Hampshire 03060
(603) 882-3000
Acute Care Hospitals
Voluntary non-profit - Other

Nearby Dialysis

Fresenius Medical Care Chelmsford 1.67 mi
Dialysis Stations: 16
27 Industrial Ave Chelmsford Massachusetts 01824
(978) 250-0981
Fresenius Medical Care of Lowell 2.78 mi
CMS Rating: 2 stars
Dialysis Stations: 35
847 Rogers Street Suite 101 Lowell Massachusetts 01852
(978) 441-5100
Davita Burlington Regional Dialysis 7.94 mi
CMS Rating: 4 stars
Dialysis Stations: 17
31 Mall Road-Dialysis Suite 1b Burlington Massachusetts 01803
(781) 270-3580
Dci Walden Pond 10.65 mi
Dialysis Stations: 13
56 B Winthrop Street Concord Massachusetts 01742
(978) 369-1683
Davita Woburn Dialysis 10.77 mi
Dialysis Stations: 17
23 Warren Avenue Woburn Massachusetts 01801
(781) 935-7700
Davita North Andover Renal at Home 11.59 mi
CMS Rating: 5 stars
Dialysis Stations: 19
201 Sutton Street North Andover Massachusetts 01845
(978) 975-1119
Fmc Services of Stoneham 11.66 mi
CMS Rating: 4 stars
Dialysis Stations: 24
2 Main Street Suite 100 Stoneham Massachusetts 02180
(781) 279-2454
Fresenius Medical Care Merrimack Valley 12.7 mi
CMS Rating: 5 stars
Dialysis Stations: 19
100 Milk Street Methuen Massachusetts 01844
(978) 686-9900