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Life Care Center of the North Shore

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A
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Life Care Center of the North Shore's website

111 Birch Street,
Lynn MA 01902

(781) 592-9667

83.25% estimated occupancy 1

Life Care Center of the North Shore is a large nursing home located in Lynn, Massachusetts. This is an A rated facility, which is one of the highest ratings we offer. In fact, this facility has the distinction of being one of the 100 best nursing homes in Massachusetts. This is an impressive achievement in a state with a long list of high-end nursing homes. If you look below, you can see this place's category grades, which are also impressive.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

In addition to performing well in its overall grade, this facility received an excellent long-term care grade. In fact, we gave it a grade of A in that category. For long-term care residents, the nursing home's primary goal is to keep patients as healthy and safe as possible. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate patients. On top of assessing the quantity of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home vaccinated 92.85714 percent of its patients. This is a few points less than we expected but still a decent figure. Lastly, this nursing home was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

Contributing to its elite resume, this facility also excelled in our short-term care area. In fact, we gave it a score of A in that area. Our short-term care ratings are based on the nursing home's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This includes a broad range of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last item we considered in this category is the percentage of patients that ultimately were able to return home from the facility. We found that 6.3 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A

Another impressive feature of this facility is its inspection rating. In that category, we gave this nursing home a grade of A. Our inspection scores weigh a host of factors included in a nursing home's inspection report. One key criteria we rely on is the number and severity of deficiencies. Places with better grades in this category generally have very few of these severe deficiencies. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

The fourth category we analyzed was nursing, where this facility was awarded a grade of B+. This completed a very strong report card. Not many facilities earned a B+ or better in each of our categories. Our nursing rating assesses the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. We weigh both the levels of training of those nurses and the number of hours spent with residents. This facility provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Lastly, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This place performed very well when it comes to minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Sep 22

Life Care Center of the North Shore Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This metric indicates the percent of long-term residents who are suffering from new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We factor in this statistic in computing our nursing grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of residents that sustained a fall leading to major injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 2.42% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percent of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes associated with poor hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 19.05% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be helpful for many patients, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: C

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percentage of residents given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety medications are administered to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 1.93% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term patients showing depressive symptoms. Many in the industry would argue this is a measure of patient quality of life.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 91.44% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of residents who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 15.15% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and eating. Some experts would argue that this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-minus

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 17.66% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percentage of patients that maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility is usually a great sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: F

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of care. There is usually a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the quality of nursing home care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 17.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

Measures the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 10.93 Percentage of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to gauge short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-plus

In Life Care Center of the North Shore, 71.35% Percentage of Resident

This indicates the percent of short-term stay patients that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of independence with activities of daily living typically correlates with higher quality rehabilitation.

Nearby Hospitals

  • North Shore Medical Center -Acute Care Hospitals 2.71 miles away81 Highland Avenue Salem Massachusetts 01970Voluntary non-profit - Private(978) 741-1215
  • Melrosewakefield HealthcareAcute Care Hospitals 6.55 miles away585 Lebanon Street Melrose Massachusetts 02176Voluntary non-profit - Private(781) 979-3000
  • Beverly Hospital CorporationAcute Care Hospitals 6.92 miles away85 Herrick Street Beverly Massachusetts 01915Voluntary non-profit - Private(978) 922-3000
  • Winchester HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 9.44 miles away41 Highland Avenue Winchester Massachusetts 01890Voluntary non-profit - Private(781) 729-9000
  • Massachusetts General HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 10.69 miles away55 Fruit Street Boston Massachusetts 02114Voluntary non-profit - Private(617) 726-2000
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary -Acute Care Hospitals 10.72 miles away243 Charles Street Boston Massachusetts 02114Voluntary non-profit - Private(617) 523-7900
  • Tufts Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 11.25 miles away800 Washington Street Boston Massachusetts 02111Voluntary non-profit - Private(617) 636-5000
  • Cambridge Health AllianceAcute Care Hospitals 11.36 miles away1493 Cambridge Street Cambridge Massachusetts 02138Government - Local(617) 665-2300

Nearby Dialysis

  • Davita Salem Northeast Dialysis2.02 miles away207 Highland Ave Suite 2 Salem Massachusetts 01970CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 22 (978) 744-2075
  • Peabody Dialysis Center3.24 miles away19-a Centennial Drive Peabody Massachusetts 01960CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 22 (978) 532-7663
  • North Suburban Dialysis Center (Bma Essex County)4.07 miles awayAugustine Plaza 124 Broadway, Route 1n Saugus Massachusetts 01906CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 27 (781) 233-2877
  • Fresenius Medical Care Danvers6.2 miles away75 Newbury Street Danvers Massachusetts 01923Dialysis Stations: 13 (978) 774-0350
  • North Shore Regional Dialysis Center7.32 miles away133 Brimbal Ave Unit E Beverly Massachusetts 01915CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 22 (978) 921-2052
  • Fmc Services of Stoneham8.45 miles away2 Main Street Suite 100 Stoneham Massachusetts 02180CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (781) 279-2454
  • Davita Wellington Circle Dialysis Center9.67 miles away10 Cabot Road Suite 103b Medford Massachusetts 02155CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 17 (781) 306-9740
  • Medford Dialysis Center (Bma Medford)9.9 miles away305 Mystic Avenue Medford Massachusetts 02155CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 23 (781) 396-9282