Sippican Healthcare Center is a nursing home in Marion, Massachusetts, a city with a total of 4,907 people. With an A overall grade, we ranked this nursing home in the top fifth of all facilities in the nation. We flat out can't say enough good things about this nursing home. Finally, this proved to be a very consistent facility with consistent scores in all four of our categories. Additional information about its category grades is available below.
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Sippican Healthcare Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Lata
15 Mill Street,
Marion MA 02738
81.78% estimated occupancy 1
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Medication Management
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
Top Nursing Home in Massachusetts Awards 2020
Top Nursing Home in Massachusetts Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
Long-term Care Quality
To pair with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for its nursing grade. Long-term care scores in this range generally require both around the clock care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. On top of assessing the volume of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 98.119125 percent of its patients. Vaccines are critical to keeping residents out of the hospital. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.
We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this facility received an impressive grade of A in our nursing category. Our nursing score is largely associated with the facility's level of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing grades. This place performed very well in the area of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
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Short-term Care Quality
Turning the page to our next category, this nursing home was given a strong short-term care score. In fact, it received a grade of A- in that category. In the area of short-term care, we attempt to qualify indicators of a facility's rehabilitation services. We analyze a nursing home's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses and physical, occupational and other therapists. 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 data this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 5.5 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
Lastly, this facility has received near flawless inspections in recent years. We awarded them an A- in this category. This is one of the few facilities in the country to receive an A- or better in every category. Arguably the most important factor we look at in determining our inspection scores is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's inspection reports. Nursing homes with higher scores in this area most likely avoided the most severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. This facility received 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered to be major deficiencies. This means that the government inspectors didn't deem any of these deficiencies to be an immediate threat to resident health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Sippican Healthcare Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 6.61% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 3.77% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents who suffered from a fall resulting in major injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 2.05% of Patients had UTIs
This figure measures the percentage of long-term care patients that had a UTI. UTI's could be an indication of worse hygiene protocols. However, this datapoint may also be misleading for some facilities due to different reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 19.24% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This statistic is a measure of the percent of long-term patients taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 18.54% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety medications are given to residents suffering from anxiety or depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 2.48% of Patients
This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents demonstrating signs of depression. Many in the industry believe this is a reasonable measure of patient quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 91.39% of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 16.21% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percentage of residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could indicate decline of a resident's medical condition.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 15.75% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percent of long-term stay residents that retained mobility levels.
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 1.68 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is critical to the physical health of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 15.75 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between keeping patients out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 11.2 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Sippican Healthcare Center, 71.52% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percent of short-term patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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