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The Berkeley Retirement Home

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A
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The Berkeley Retirement Home's website

150 Berkeley Street,
Lawrence MA 01841

(978) 682-1614

42.5% 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.

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

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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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-plus

Another reason we rated this facility so favorably is that it was awarded an A+ long-term care score. This is flat out as good as it gets in this category. If you are looking for anything other than rehabilitation, you should take a close look at each facility's long-term care scores. One of the statistics we considered after nursing hours was vaccines. This nursing home administered the pneumonia vaccine to 86.56716 percent of its patients. While its vaccination rate was a bit lower than we hoped for, we were pleased to find place was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-plus

This facility received a very good nursing grade this year as well. It received one of our better scores in that category with a grade of B+. In calculating a facility's nursing score, we look at the number of hours nurses are caring for residents and the skill levels of those nurses. This facility provided 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a place has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can frequently be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

Switching gears to our next category, this facility was given a very strong short-term care grade. In fact, we gave it a B+ in that area, wrapping up one of our better profiles. Short-term care scores are based on the nursing home's quantity of highly-skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This includes a broad range of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, not to mention other variations of therapy. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like this facility submitted registered nurse or physical therapist staffing data. The final measure we assessed in this category is the percentage of patients that ultimately were able to return home from the nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the facility on a permanent basis.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

The Berkeley Retirement Home Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percentage of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are damage to the skin resulting from remaining in the same position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: D

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 3.62% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percent of patients that have had a fall resulting in severe injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 2.45% of Patients had UTIs

This statistic tells you the percentage of long-term patients that have suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's could be an indication of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this datapoint may also be skewed for certain facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 18.96% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percentage of residents given antipsychotic drugs. Antipsychotic medications are prescribed to patients for a variety of medical conditions, including dementia. Tragically, in some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 18.8% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percent of long-term stay patients taking antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 1.95% of Patients

This is the percentage of patients who are showing signs of depression. High rates of depression could imply a less hospitable environment.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: C

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 91.63% of Patients

This is the percent of residents that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 15.18% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as getting dressed and eating. Many believe that this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 19.01% Percentage of Residents

This metric measures the percent of long-term care residents that remained mobile levels. Some experts argue that mobility is vital to patients physical and mental well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: F

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In The Berkeley Retirement Home, 19.01 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.

Nearby Hospitals

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  • 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