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The Berkeley Retirement Home

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Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A
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150 Berkeley Street,
Lawrence MA 01841

40.68% estimated occupancy 1

The Berkeley Retirement Home is one of only three available facilities in Lawrence, Massachusetts. This facility is ranked among the most impressive nursing homes we found. This nursing home was given one of the most impressive scores we offer. Remarkably, this grade is even better than the city grade of A- in Lawrence, which is one of the higher rated cities in Massachusetts. Headlining this facility's exemplary profile is its inspection score, which is addressed in the next section.

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Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Home Making
  • Medical Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy

Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

On top of being a great nursing home overall, it also earned A+ health inspections recently. Its inspections were nearly perfect. Inspection scores are tied to several datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities that score well in this area tend to have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. This facility received 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered to be major deficiencies. This tells you that CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies an immediate risk to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

This nursing home also received a dominant long-term care score. Indeed, this is this nursing home's second best category grade. In that category, we awarded this facility a score of A. If you are seeking anything other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each nursing home's long-term care grades. One of the datapoints we considered after nursing hours was vaccines. This facility administered the pneumonia vaccine to 79.72973 percent of its patients. While its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we like to see, at least this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-minus

Adding to its strong resume, this facility also received an excellent nursing score, with a grade of A-. In determining our nursing grades, we look at both nursing hours and the skill levels of those nurses. This nursing home provides 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality-based metrics and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by having a policy of turning patients at least once a day.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

In our final category, we gave this facility an A+ for its short-term care rating. This rounded out a very impressive profile. Our short-term care ratings are based in part on the nursing home's quantity of skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This includes a broad spectrum of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, in addition to other forms of therapy. It does not appear that this nursing home provided information about its staffing of registered nurses or physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the number of patients who were able to return home from this facility. We found that 0 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Dec 23

The Berkeley Retirement Home Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 6.67% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percent of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin due to staying in the same position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 0% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is an indication of the percent of long-term patients which experienced falls resulting in serious injury. This is one of the statistics we use in calculating our nursing scores.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 1.59% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percent of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are routinely linked to facilities with lower levels of hygiene. Closer supervision minimizes the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Keep in mind that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 35.14% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term stay residents which were administered antipsychotic medication. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a facility is using these medications to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs are not medically indicated. However, some nursing homes may need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of patients with dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 11.94% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This figure tells you the percentage of long-term residents receiving antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B-plus

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 1.37% of Patients

This is the percent of patients showing depressive symptoms. Increased levels of depression could imply a less hospitable environment.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 89.86% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-minus

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 17.46% of Patients

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and eating. Many in the industry argue this is a measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 22.09% of Residents

This tells you the percentage of patients that retained mobility levels over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.


Grade: F

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care. There is usually a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and the overall quality of nursing home care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 22.09% of Residents Rehospitalized

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

Nearby Hospitals

  • Holy Family HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 0.44 miles away70 East Street Methuen Massachusetts 01844Proprietary(978) 687-0156
  • Lowell General HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 10.42 miles away295 Varnum Avenue Lowell Massachusetts 01854Voluntary non-profit - Private(978) 937-6000
  • Parkland Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 13.18 miles away1 Parkland Drive Derry New Hampshire 03038Proprietary(603) 421-2100
  • Southern Nh Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 15.06 miles away8 Prospect Street Nashua New Hampshire 03060Voluntary non-profit - Private(603) 577-2000
  • Anna Jaques HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 15.27 miles away25 Highland Avenue Newburyport Massachusetts 01950Voluntary non-profit - Private(978) 463-1000
  • St Joseph HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 15.93 miles away172 Kinsley St Nashua New Hampshire 03060Voluntary non-profit - Other(603) 882-3000
  • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, BurlingtonAcute Care Hospitals 16.62 miles away41 & 45 Mall Road Burlington Massachusetts 01803Voluntary non-profit - Private(781) 744-5100
  • Beverly Hospital CorporationAcute Care Hospitals 17.82 miles away85 Herrick Street Beverly Massachusetts 01915Voluntary non-profit - Private(978) 922-3000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Fresenius Medical Care Merrimack Valley1.47 miles away100 Milk Street Methuen Massachusetts 01844CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 19 (978) 686-9900
  • Davita North Andover Renal at Home1.85 miles away201 Sutton Street North Andover Massachusetts 01845CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 19 (978) 975-1119
  • Fresenius Medical Care of Methuen2.63 miles away421 Merrimack Street Methuen Massachusetts 01844Dialysis Stations: 21 (978) 975-3117
  • Bio-Medical Applications of New Hampshire Inc5.28 miles away19 Keewadin Drive Suite 1 Salem New Hampshire 03079Dialysis Stations: 1 (603) 870-0969
  • Versailles Dialysis LLC5.68 miles away18 Pelham Road Salem New Hampshire 03079Dialysis Stations: 10 (603) 870-9487
  • Fresenius Medical Care of Lowell8.62 miles away847 Rogers Street Suite 101 Lowell Massachusetts 01852CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 35 (978) 441-5100
  • Fresenius Medical Care Chelmsford12.31 miles away27 Industrial Ave Chelmsford Massachusetts 01824Dialysis Stations: 16 (978) 250-0981
  • Fresenius Medical Care Danvers14.42 miles away75 Newbury Street Danvers Massachusetts 01923Dialysis Stations: 13 (978) 774-0350