North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center is one of just a few facilities located in Bellingham, Washington. We gave this facility an overall grade of B. A score of this caliber requires solid marks in most areas. Based on our assessment, this facility has quite a bit going for it. This facility was stronger in some categories than others, but it did not have any poor grades in any of the major areas discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.
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North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center
- Nursing Home
- Memory Care
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Diabetes Management
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
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Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
This facility received a strong overall grade as described above, but we especially wanted to note its excellent short-term care grade. We awarded them an A in this category. Our short-term care scores are considered to be most important for individuals requiring rehabilitation from their nursing home. Rehabilitation generally requires higher levels of skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes not just nursing, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last statistic we considered in this category is the number of residents that returned home from the nursing home. We found that 5.8 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
We also awarded this nursing home a grade of A for our nursing grade. Our nursing rating consists of many factors, but the main consideration is the number of nurse hours per patient per week. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place Washington in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as having a system of moving residents at least once a day.
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Long-term Care Quality
This facility received its third most favorable category grade in the category of long-term care. We awarded this nursing home a B- in this area, which is a respectable grade. In crafting our long-term care grades, we analyze the nursing home's ability to maintain its permanent residents' health and quality of life. After looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination statistics. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its patients for pneumonia, which is more than the majority of nursing homes. This place also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Finally, we looked at this facility's inspection grade This did not end up being one of this facility's stronger grades. We gave it a C in this area. This isn't a horrible score in this category. It simply wasn't as favorable as some of this place's other category grades. We would argue that one of the most critical factors in assessing an inspection report is deficiencies. In this regard, we especially look at the severity of the deficiencies. This nursing home was hit with 6 deficiencies on its government inspection report, but fortunately none were in any of the categories labeled G through L. This indicates this facility dodged the more ominous classes of deficiencies. Unfortunately, we also need to draw your attention to the fact that this facility received significant government fines in recent years.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 7.46% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric tells you the percent of long-term patients that are suffering from new or worsened pressure ulcers or bed sores. We consider this statistic when determining both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2.9% of Patients had Serious Falls
This tells you the percent of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to serious injury are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Falls are routinely caused by lower quality nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2.29% of Patients had UTIs
This datapoint indicates the percentage of long-term patients that suffered from UTI's. Although a higher rate infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it can be problematic to compare between facilities due to facilities having inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 13.89% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic medications are administered to patients for many medical conditions, including cognitive disorders. Tragically, in some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 12.61% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percent of patients who were given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are prescribed to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 13.28% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay residents exhibiting signs of depression. Some argue this is a reliable measure of resident quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 92.89% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 14.67% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care patients who required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and using the bathroom.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 18.81% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care residents who maintained mobility. Some believe that the ability to move around is vital to residents' physical and mental health.
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 0.99 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 18.81 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 12.21 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to measure short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 75.22% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term stay residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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