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Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

  • Nursing Home
  • Assisted Living

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center's website

1010 Varnum Avenue,
Lowell MA 01854

(978) 458-8773

91.54% estimated occupancy 1

Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center is a senior living facility located in Lowell, Massachusetts, a city with a population of 106,541 people. With an overall grade of D, this is a lower end nursing home. If you are not happy with this facility's relatively poor overall grade, you will be pleased to know there are six other nursing homes in Lowell. If you aren't deterred by this place's profile, feel free to continue reading to find out about its category grades. Inspection grades are discussed in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: B

While this nursing home's overall grade was not a highlight, it did receive a very good score in the category of inspections. In fact, we gave it a B for that category, which is one of our better scores. These inspection scores take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these issues by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Unfortunately, we weren't able to find information about this nursing home's deficiencies. We wish we had more data for this nursing home. Without the information regarding deficiencies, it ended up being a challenge to assess this nursing home in the inspections category.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The next highest category we awarded this facility in any area came in the category of long-term care, where we gave it a B-. If you are seeking services other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each nursing home's long-term care grades. On top of assessing the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we analyzed the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 93.42857 percent of its patients. This is slightly below what we anticipated but still a decent figure. Fortunately, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility was given its next highest category score in the category of short-term care. We gave this nursing home a B- in this category, which is a respectable score. Short-term care ratings are based in part on the nursing home's quantity of skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This includes a broad scope of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, in addition to other types of therapy. In this place's case, we were surprised to learn that it actually provides less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per patient than the average facility. The hope is always that this does not adversely impact the quality of care. The last statistic we assessed in this area is the number of residents who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 5.4 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is below average.

Nurse Quality

Grade: F

The final category we rated is nursing. Unfortunately, we gave it a lowly F in this area, which is a bottom of the barrel score. We weighed the qualifications of nurses employed by the facility, in addition to the quantity of time the nurses worked with residents, in determining our rating in this area. This facility offered only 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident daily. This is well below average. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in calculating our nursing ratings. This place performed well when it comes to avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these data points to be indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: D

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This statistic tells you the percent of long-term residents which have new or worsened pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are a solid indicator of quality of care.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: D

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls leading to serious injury are often the result of poor nursing care. Better nursing protocols reduces the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 2.42% of Patients had UTIs

This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents which have sustained a urinary tract infection. Although more of these infections may reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it is difficult to compare different facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 19.05% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may indicate that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This datapoint gauges the percentage of long-term residents taking antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 1.93% of Patients

This is the percentage of patients who are showing depressive symptoms. Increased rates of depression could be a sign a lower level of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 91.44% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home patients, making these vaccines critical to patient safety.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 15.15% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 17.66% Percentage of Residents

Measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who were able to retain mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is key to maintaining the physical health of nursing home residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 17.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

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

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-minus

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 10.93 Percentage of Patients

This is the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the overall quality of care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B

In Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 71.35% Percentage of Resident

This is a measure of the percentage of short-term residents that experienced functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Some experts believe that this is a reliable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation performance.

Scores for Lowell, MA

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

Looking for more options? Lowell, Massachusetts has 6 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Lowell General HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 1.25 miles away295 Varnum Avenue Lowell Massachusetts 01854Voluntary non-profit - Private(978) 937-6000
  • Southern Nh Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 9.13 miles away8 Prospect Street Nashua New Hampshire 03060Voluntary non-profit - Private(603) 577-2000
  • St Joseph HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 9.32 miles away172 Kinsley St Nashua New Hampshire 03060Voluntary non-profit - Other(603) 882-3000
  • Holy Family HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 11.48 miles away70 East Street Methuen Massachusetts 01844Proprietary(978) 687-0156
  • Nashoba Valley Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 11.49 miles away200 Groton Road Ayer Massachusetts 01432Proprietary(978) 784-9000
  • Emerson Hospital -Acute Care Hospitals 13.41 miles away133 Old Road to 9 Acre Corner Concord Massachusetts 01742Voluntary non-profit - Private(978) 369-1400
  • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, BurlingtonAcute Care Hospitals 13.52 miles away41 & 45 Mall Road Burlington Massachusetts 01803Voluntary non-profit - Private(781) 744-5100
  • Parkland Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 16.48 miles away1 Parkland Drive Derry New Hampshire 03038Proprietary(603) 421-2100

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Medical Care Chelmsford3.85 miles away27 Industrial Ave Chelmsford Massachusetts 01824Dialysis Stations: 16 (978) 250-0981
  • Fresenius Medical Care of Lowell4.64 miles away847 Rogers Street Suite 101 Lowell Massachusetts 01852CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 35 (978) 441-5100
  • Davita Nashua Dialysis9.18 miles away38 Tyler Street Nashua New Hampshire 03061CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 22 (603) 598-1665
  • Bio-Medical Applications of New Hampshire Inc10.85 miles away19 Keewadin Drive Suite 1 Salem New Hampshire 03079Dialysis Stations: 1 (603) 870-0969
  • Versailles Dialysis LLC11.07 miles away18 Pelham Road Salem New Hampshire 03079Dialysis Stations: 10 (603) 870-9487
  • Bio-Medical Applications of New Hampshire, Inc.12.08 miles away20 Cotton Road Suite 200 Nashua New Hampshire 03063Dialysis Stations: 21 (603) 577-4547
  • Davita North Andover Renal at Home12.59 miles away201 Sutton Street North Andover Massachusetts 01845CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 19 (978) 975-1119
  • Fresenius Medical Care Merrimack Valley12.67 miles away100 Milk Street Methuen Massachusetts 01844CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 19 (978) 686-9900