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Lowell Healthcare

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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Lowell Healthcare's website

710 Michigan St,
Lowell IN 46356

(219) 491-1629

88.37% estimated occupancy 1

Located in Lowell, Indiana, Lowell Healthcare is one of just two available nursing homes in this area. Sporting an overall score of B-, this looks like a solid facility. You can definitely do worse than this nursing home. The best part of this place's profile was its remarkable inspection rating. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Government - County
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

This nursing home earned a solid overall grade as described above, but we really wanted to emphasize its excellent government inspections in recent years. We gave them an A+ in this category. Arguably the most significant factor we consider in calculating our inspection ratings is deficiencies. Deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's inspection reports. Facilities with better grades in this area most likely avoided the most severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. While this facility had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none of them were serious based on CMS' deficiency scale. We should point out that deficiency-free inspections are rare in this industry.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility's long-term care score appears to be one of its better features. The facility was awarded a B- in this area. For patients seeking a permanent residence as opposed to rehabilitation, long-term care is an important category. In addition to assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. Fortunately, this nursing home gave the vaccine to 99.30796 percent of its patients, which is a very respectable percentage. Finally, this facility was also able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility's next best category was its nursing grade, where it received a grade of B-. The nursing rating is based on a variety of factors. The most heavily weighted factor is the quantity of hours nurses spent with patients. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Lastly, despite not having the highest total nursing hours, this place actually performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is generally an indicator that a facility has quality controls in place.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: D

The last area we assessed is short-term care, ended up being this facility's least impressive area. We gave this nursing home a D in that category. This was one of the couple of weak links on a strong report card. Short-term care scores are based on the nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled nursing services. This means a broad range of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, not to mention other forms of therapy. Unfortunately, we learned that this place offered less registered nurse and physical therapist hours per patient than most nursing homes. Finally, we assessed the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that just 4.7 percent of this facility's patients returned home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Lowell Healthcare Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Lowell Healthcare, 7.63% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-minus

In Lowell Healthcare, 3.89% of Patients had Serious Falls

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay patients who experienced falls which resulted in severe injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries could be an indication of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Lowell Healthcare, 1.96% of Patients had UTIs

This statistic tells you the percent of long-term care residents who suffered from UTI's. Although a higher rate of these infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it can be difficult to compare between facilities due to nursing homes having reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Lowell Healthcare, 13.37% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percent of residents given antipsychotic medications. These drugs are sometimes used for several conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: C

In Lowell Healthcare, 21.6% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients receiving antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: F

In Lowell Healthcare, 12.38% of Patients

Measures the percent of long-term stay residents who are demonstrating depressive symptoms. Many in the industry believe this is a reliable measure of quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A-minus

In Lowell Healthcare, 91.56% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A

In Lowell Healthcare, 16.12% Percentage of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and bathing. Some argue this is a measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-minus

In Lowell Healthcare, 17.5% Percentage of Residents

This is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who retained mobility levels. Some would argue that the ability to move around is vital to residents' physical and mental well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Lowell Healthcare, 1.36 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This datapoint is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Lowell Healthcare, 17.5 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In Lowell Healthcare, 73.53% Percentage of Resident

This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients who experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Many in the industry believe this is a reliable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation performance.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Franciscan Health Crown PointAcute Care Hospitals 7.51 miles away1201 S Main St Crown Point Indiana 46307Voluntary non-profit - Church(219) 757-6100
  • Franciscan Health DyerAcute Care Hospitals 14.84 miles away24 Joliet St Dyer Indiana 46311Voluntary non-profit - Church(219) 865-2141
  • St Mary Medical Center IncAcute Care Hospitals 17.15 miles away1500 S Lake Park Ave Hobart Indiana 46342Voluntary non-profit - Private(219) 942-0551
  • Franciscan Health MunsterAcute Care Hospitals 17.45 miles away701 Superior Ave Munster Indiana 46321Voluntary non-profit - Private(219) 922-4200
  • Community HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 18.19 miles away901 Macarthur Blvd Munster Indiana 46321Voluntary non-profit - Private(219) 836-1600

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fmc - Crown Point6.89 miles away851 W. Burrell St. Crown Point Indiana 46307CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (219) 662-2648
  • Davita - St. John Dialysis10.16 miles away10033 Wicker Ave Saint John Indiana 46373Dialysis Stations: 16 (219) 365-5043
  • Davita - Merrillville Dialysis11.21 miles away9223 Taft Street Merrillville Indiana 46410Dialysis Stations: 16 (219) 793-9035
  • Fmc - Merrillville Dialysis Center12.42 miles away550 West 84th Drive Merrillville Indiana 46410CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 25 (219) 795-1990
  • Home Dialysis Services Merrillville, LLC13.1 miles away200 East 80th Place Suite 2 Merrillville Indiana 46410Dialysis Stations: 1 (219) 472-0379
  • Schererville Dialysis Center13.12 miles away1534 Us Highway 41 Schererville Indiana 46375Dialysis Stations: 17 (219) 322-5448
  • Fmc - Dyer14.71 miles away2150 Gettler Street, Suite 105 Dyer Indiana 46311Dialysis Stations: 24 (219) 322-3710
  • Merrillville North Dialysis Center15.33 miles away6059 Broadway Merrillville Indiana 46410CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 21 (219) 980-1090