Merriman House is one of just a couple nursing homes in North Conway, New Hampshire. This nursing home turns out to be an A+ rated facility, which is the top grade. In addition, this facility is also based in a hospital, which often means the nursing home offers a wider array of medical services. This facility was also given strong grades in all four of our categories. More information about these categories can be found below.
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- No Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Home Making
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Cardiac Therapy
- Mental Health
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
On top of being a great facility overall, it also received A+ government inspections recently. Its inspections are virtually perfect. Inspection grades weigh several factors found on a facility's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we consider is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with higher grades in this area generally have very few of these severe deficiencies. While this place had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means the government inspectors didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing score. In fact, nursing proved to be its second best category grade. In that area, we gave this facility an A+. There are many subcategories within this grade. Many of the criteria relate to nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 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 place 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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Long-term Care Quality
Moving on our next area, we gave this facility a grade of A for our long-term care rating. This is a dominant score. When facilities receive this type of grade in long-term care it is usually a good sign for resident care and indicates that the facility is well-staffed with nurses aids. On top of considering the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility gave the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients. Vaccines are vital to keeping patients healthy. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Short-term Care Quality
In the last category we assessed, this facility was given an impressive grade grade of B+ in our short-term care category. With this score, the nursing home completed a first-rate profile. In crafting these short-term care scores, we quantify the facility's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. The objective is to devise a barometer for comparing the rehabilitation services of nursing homes. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, according to the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we considered the percentage of residents who who were able to eventually return home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Merriman House Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Merriman House, 6.17% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are routinely caused by patients staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Merriman House, 5.18% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of residents that suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are often linked to lower levels of patient supervision. Additional nurse staffing can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Merriman House, 3.06% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of long-term stay patients who have sustained a urinary tract infection. Although more infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it is difficult to compare between facilities due to reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Merriman House, 16.95% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs. These medications are sometimes used for treating several medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Merriman House, 16.72% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint gauges the percentage of long-term residents taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Merriman House, 5.54% of Patients
This is the percent of residents who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Merriman House, 95.74% of Patients
This is the percent of residents that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Merriman House, 19.68% Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and continence. Some would argue this is a measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Merriman House, 24.67% Percentage of Residents
This metric tracks the percentage of long-term residents that maintained mobility. Many in the industry argue that the ability to move around is important for residents' physical and mental well-being.
In Merriman House, 1.18 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care. There is usually a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the overall quality of long-term care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Merriman House, 24.67 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.
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