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Mt Baker Care Center

  • Nursing Home
  • Assisted Living
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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A
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Mt Baker Care Center's website

2905 Connelly Avenue,
Bellingham WA 98225

(360) 734-4181

73% estimated occupancy 1

Mt Baker Care Center is a small nursing home in Bellingham, Washington. After receiving an overall rating of A, this nursing home is ranked among the highest-graded nursing homes we looked at. Indeed, we were so impressed with this facility that we rated it substantially ahead of the overwhelming majority of the facilities in Bellingham. This nursing home also received consistently good ratings in each of our categories. Additional information about these categories is available below.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Dentistry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Awards

Top Nursing Home in Washington badge

Top Nursing Home in Washington Awards 2019

Best Nursing Home in Bellingham, Washington badge

Best Nursing Home in Bellingham, Washington Awards 2019

Top Nursing Home in Washington badge

Top Nursing Home in Washington Awards 2020

Best Nursing Home in Bellingham, Washington badge

Best Nursing Home in Bellingham, Washington Awards 2020

Top Nursing Home in Washington badge

Top Nursing Home in Washington Awards 2021

Best Nursing Home in Bellingham, Washington badge

Best Nursing Home in Bellingham, Washington Awards 2021

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Nurse Quality

Grade: A-plus

In addition to being a first rate nursing home overall, this nursing home also excelled in the category of nursing, where it received an A+. Few nursing homes performed better in this category. Our nursing score is based on many factors, but the primary one is the level of nurse hours spent with patients. This particular nursing home provided 0.5 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 in the area of avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

Among its many high-end grades, this facility was given a strong short-term care score. In fact, we awarded it a score of A in this area. Short-term care scores are important for individuals in need of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically requires additional skilled nursing. Skilled nursing means a wide range of services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The final datapoint we looked at in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We discovered that 5.8 percent of this facility's patients returned home.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

We gave this facility a grade of A- for inspections. Inspection ratings weigh several factors, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can learn more about each of these items by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this nursing home had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are found in categories G through L. This tells you that the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. We should note that deficiency-free inspection reports are uncommon in this industry.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B

The last category we looked at is long-term care, where this nursing home was awarded a grade of B. Although this wound up being its least impressive category rating, this is nevertheless a good rating. When nursing homes receive this type of grade in long-term care it is usually a good sign for patient care and suggests that the facility is well-staffed with nurses and aids. Once we assessed the quantity of care provided by nurses, we next considered the facility's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients against pneumonia, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia sadly is often a deadly condition for nursing home patients so we like it when a facility does not leave this to chance. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Mt Baker Care Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Mt Baker Care Center, 7.09% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin caused by staying in the same position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In Mt Baker Care Center, 2.86% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are often caused by lower quality nursing care. More supervision can reduce the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: F

In Mt Baker Care Center, 2.28% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered to be a barometer of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely linked to poor nursing care. However, this metric can also be misleading for some nursing homes due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Mt Baker Care Center, 13.8% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This statistic indicates the percent of long-term care residents taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to make sure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In Mt Baker Care Center, 12.29% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term care patients who were given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are typically used to treat residents suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Mt Baker Care Center, 13.74% of Patients

This is the percent of residents who are showing depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Mt Baker Care Center, 93.71% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Mt Baker Care Center, 13.94% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and bathing. Many argue this is a reasonable measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In Mt Baker Care Center, 21.78% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percentage of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Mt Baker Care Center, 1 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Mt Baker Care Center, 21.78 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: C

In Mt Baker Care Center, 10.98 Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: C

In Mt Baker Care Center, 74.42% Percentage of Resident

This tells you the percent of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Higher levels of performance with activities of daily living often correlates with higher quality rehabilitation services.

Scores for Bellingham, WA

  • Overall Rating has a grade of C
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of C
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of C

Looking for more options? Bellingham, Washington has 6 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • St Joseph HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 4.15 miles away2901 Squalicum Parkway Bellingham Washington 98225Voluntary non-profit - Other(360) 734-5400
  • Island HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 15.9 miles away1211 24th Street Anacortes Washington 98221Government - Hospital District or Authority(360) 299-1300
  • Peacehealth United General Medical CenterCritical Access Hospitals 17.73 miles away2000 Hospital Drive Sedro Woolley Washington 98284Government - Hospital District or Authority(360) 856-6021

Nearby Dialysis

  • Davita Mt Baker Kidney Center4.52 miles away410 Birchwood Suite 100 Bellingham Washington 98225CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 26 (360) 734-4243
  • Puget Sound Kidney Centers Anacortes16.17 miles away809 31st St Anacortes Washington 98221Dialysis Stations: 5 (360) 755-3586
  • Cascade Dialysis18.77 miles away145 Cascade Place Ste 100 Burlington Washington 98233Dialysis Stations: 4 (360) 707-2404