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Sacred Heart Nursing Home

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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Sacred Heart Nursing Home's website

359 Summer Street,
New Bedford MA 02740

(508) 996-6751

53.08% estimated occupancy 1

Sacred Heart Nursing Home is one of seven available facilities located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. We gave this facility an overall grade of A-, which is a first-rate score. As a matter of fact, this proved to be one of the three highest graded nursing homes in the city. We really can not say enough good things about this facility. The best aspect of this nursing home's impressive report card was its long-term care score. Long-term care grades are discussed in the next paragraph

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Speech Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management

Registered Staff Hours

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Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

One of the many reasons this proved to be a great facility is that it earned a very impressive long-term care rating. In this area, we awarded this facility a grade of A. When facilities receive a grade in this range in this category it generally means it's well-staffed and is an overall good place to reside on a permanent basis. In addition to assessing the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home gave the vaccine to 98.63813 percent of its patients. Vaccines are critical to keeping patients healthy. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

Among its many impressive grades, this facility received an excellent nursing grade. In fact, we gave it a grade of A in that category. We scrutinized the skill-level of nurses employed by the facility, as well as the quantity of time the nurses were with patients, in calculating our rating in this area. This nursing home averages 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality measures and this facility excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any place the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as having a policy of moving a patient more frequently.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A

In addition, this nursing home also received a nearly flawless government inspection report. It earned one of our best grades in that category with a score of A. Our inspection scores weigh several factors included in a nursing home's inspection reports. One key criteria we rely on is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with higher scores in this category generally have very few of these severe deficiencies. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

Switching gears to the last category, this nursing home was given a decent short-term care rating. Although this was not nearly as elite as a few of its other category grades, this is truly not a major area of concern. In calculating these short-term care grades, we look at the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our goal is to devise a barometer for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different nursing homes. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last metric we considered in this category is the number of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that just 3.9 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is below average.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Sacred Heart Nursing Home Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percentage of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a fall which caused major injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 2.42% of Patients had UTIs

This metric tells you the percent of long-term residents who experienced a urinary tract infection. While more of these infections may reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it is difficult to compare different nursing homes due to differing reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 19.05% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. These drugs are sometimes used for treating a variety of conditions, including cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term care patients who are given antianxiety medication. These drugs are prescribed to residents experiencing depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 1.93% of Patients

This tells you the percent of residents who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-plus

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 91.44% of Patients

This is the percent of patients who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 15.15% Percentage of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and bathing. Some argue this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: C

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 17.66% Percentage of Residents

This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients that retained mobility levels.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 17.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is a correlation between staying out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-minus

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 10.93 Percentage of Patients

This is the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between having fewer emergency room visits and the quality of care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Sacred Heart Nursing Home, 71.35% Percentage of Resident

Measures the percentage of short-term stay patients who saw functional improvements.

Scores for New Bedford, MA

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

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

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  • Morton HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 19.63 miles away88 Washington Street Taunton Massachusetts 02780Proprietary(508) 828-7000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Medical Care of Fairhaven2.77 miles away216 Huttleson Avenue Fairhaven Massachusetts 02719Dialysis Stations: 19 (508) 996-0364
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  • Hawthorn Kidney Center3.28 miles away537 Faunce Corner Road North Dartmouth Massachusetts 02747CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 30 (508) 994-9692
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  • Fall River Kidney Center LLC11.84 miles away48 Weaver Street Fall River Massachusetts 02720CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 41 (508) 677-4911
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