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North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center's website

4680 Cordata Parkway,
Bellingham WA 98226

(360) 398-1966

67.45% estimated occupancy 1

North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center is one of seven available nursing homes in Bellingham, Washington. We awarded this nursing home an overall grade of B-. A score in this range requires some respectable marks. In a city without an elite selection of nursing homes, we found that this nursing home proved to be better than the average nursing home in the city. 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.

Quick Details

  • 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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management

Registered Staff Hours

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

Grade: A-minus

This facility really excelled in the category of short-term care, where it received an A-. Few facilities performed better in this category. If it was not for this area, this nursing home's overall grade would have been much lower. Our short-term care grades are thought to be more critical for people needing a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically mandates more skilled nursing. This includes not only nursing, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last statistic we looked at in this area is the number of residents who eventually returned home from the facility. We found that 5.8 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

We also awarded this facility a favorable grade in nursing. This facility earned a grade of B+ in this category, which is one of our better grades. Our nursing score is largely based on the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 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 nursing home 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.

Facility Inspections

Grade: B-minus

This facility received a solid inspection report this year as well, with few dings from the applicable government inspectors. As a result, it received one of our better grades in that category with a score of B-. Our inspection grades weigh a host of factors found on a facility's inspection reports. One of the most important criteria we consider is the number and severity of deficiencies. Fortunately, although this nursing home had some minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means that 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. A couple minor dings aren't the end of the world.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

The final category we rated is long-term care. We awarded this facility a grade of C in that category. In calculating our long-term care ratings, we analyze the personal care offered to the nursing home's residents. After looking at the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination statistics. We were optimistic to find that this nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Lastly, this nursing home was also able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 7.09% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are routinely the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care can minimize the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2.86% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of patients that suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to serious injury are often associated with lower levels of patient supervision. Better nursing care can minimize the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-minus

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 2.28% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely associated with facilities with lower levels of hygiene. More frequent bathing reduces the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Keep in mind that this statistic is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 13.8% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percentage of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are given to patients for a variety of medical conditions, including dementia. Sadly, in some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may mean a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-minus

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 12.29% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents that are administered antianxiety medication. These medications are generally prescribed to patients experiencing depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 13.74% of Patients

This is the percent of residents showing signs of depression. Higher levels of depression could be an indicator lower quality care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 93.71% of Patients

This is the percent of patients that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 13.94% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and continence.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 21.78% Percentage of Residents

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents who were able to retain mobility. Some would argue that mobility is critical to residents' physical and mental health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is important to maintaining the physical health of nursing home residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: D

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 21.78 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term resident care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-plus

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 10.98 Percentage of Patients

This metric tracks the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B-plus

In North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center, 74.42% Percentage of Resident

This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term care residents that saw functional improvements.

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 2.93 miles away2901 Squalicum Parkway Bellingham Washington 98225Voluntary non-profit - Other(360) 734-5400

Nearby Dialysis

  • Davita Mt Baker Kidney Center2.55 miles away410 Birchwood Suite 100 Bellingham Washington 98225CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 26 (360) 734-4243