The Skilled Nursing Facility at North Hill is one of just a few available facilities in Needham, Massachusetts. We awarded this nursing home an A- overall grade, ranking it in the top third of all facilities in the United States. You flat out can not do any better than this place. This facility's strong profile was highlighted by its inspection rating, which is addressed in the next paragraph.

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Accepts Medicare 1 : TrueA checkmark indicating true.

Accepts Medicaid 1 : 72 Beds TrueA checkmark indicating true.

CCRC : FalseUsed to indicate false.

Non profit - Corporation

Resident Council: TrueA checkmark indicating true.

Family Council: TrueA checkmark indicating true.

Facility Inspections

A
Oct 18: A+Nov 18: A+Dec 18: A+Jan 19: A+Feb 19: A+May 19: A+Jun 19: A+Jul 19: A+Aug 19: A+Sep 19: A+Jan 20: A+Mar 20: A+Apr 20: A+May 20: AJun 20: AJul 20: AAug 20: A
Historical

In addition to faring well overall, this nursing home earned a nearly flawless inspection report. As a result, it received one of our best scores in this category with a grade of A. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining our inspection ratings. One of those factors is health deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more important than the number of deficiencies, as some of these end up being relatively minor. We weren't able to locate deficiency counts for this nursing home. Without deficiency data for this facility, it is difficult to fully evaluate it in the area of inspections.

Short-term Care Quality

A-
Oct 18: A-Nov 18: A-Dec 18: A-Jan 19: B+Feb 19: A-May 19: B+Jun 19: B+Jul 19: A-Aug 19: A-Sep 19: A-Jan 20: A-Mar 20: A-Apr 20: A-May 20: A-Jun 20: A-Jul 20: A-Aug 20: A-
Historical

Adding to its elite accomplishments in other areas, we gave this facility a score of A- for our short-term care rating. Our short-term care ratings are vital for individuals requiring rehabilitation. Rehabilitation generally requires additional skilled nursing. This means a wide spectrum of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other types of therapy. We were not able to track down information about this nursing home's registered nurse or physical therapy staffing. This nursing home performed much better in the final datapoint we considered in this category, which was the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We found that it fared as well as just about any nursing home in Massachusetts with 59.9 percent of its patients returning home. Unfortunately, at most facilities, fewer than half of the short-term patients are able to return home.

Nurse Quality

B+
Oct 18: BNov 18: BDec 18: BJan 19: BFeb 19: BMay 19: B-Jun 19: B-Jul 19: B-Aug 19: B-Sep 19: B-Jan 20: B+Mar 20: B+Apr 20: B+May 20: B+Jun 20: B+Jul 20: B+Aug 20: B+
Historical

Another one of this facility's impressive category grades came in the area of nursing care. We awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with a grade of B+. Nursing scores are mostly based on the nursing home's nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed certain nursing quality measures in computing our nursing grades. These include minimizing residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We view these areas as reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care provided, since better care tends to reduce these problems.

Long-term Care Quality

B-
Oct 18: B+Nov 18: A-Dec 18: A-Jan 19: A-Feb 19: A-May 19: B+Jun 19: B+Jul 19: B+Aug 19: B+Sep 19: B+Jan 20: A-Mar 20: A-Apr 20: BMay 20: BJun 20: B-Jul 20: B-Aug 20: B-
Historical

The next area we looked at is long-term care, where this nursing home received a B-. This actually was this facility's least impressive category. This is nevertheless nothing to be ashamed of. Our long-term care ratings are more meaningful for individuals requiring more traditional assistance related to activities of daily living. On top of considering the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility administered the vaccine to 84.61538 percent of its residents. This is quite a bit lower than what we were hoping for. Nevertheless, this place excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Overall Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

Aug 20
Provider:
A-
State:
B+
National:
B
FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Nov 18Dec 18Jan 19Feb 19Mar 19Apr 19May 19Jun 19Jul 19Aug 19Sep 19Oct 19Dec 19Jan 20Mar 20Apr 20May 20Jun 20Jul 20Aug 20
Overall Rating
Nurse Rating
Long-Term Rating
Short-Term Rating
Inspection Rating

The Skilled Nursing Facility at North Hill Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage due to remaining in the same position for too long.

Provider
A
3.03%
State
B+
5.75%
National
B
7.33%

Percent of Patients with Pressure Ulcers
Lower is Better

Minimizes Serious Falls

This is the percentage of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls leading to serious injuries are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . Major falls which result in injury are often caused by poor nursing care.

Provider
D
7.24%
State
B
3.35%
National
B
3.36%

Percent of Patients with Serious Falls
Lower is Better

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

This indicates the percentage of residents who have had a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes associated with poor hygiene.

Provider
B-
3.17%
State
B
2.46%
National
B
2.65%

Percent of Patients with UTIs
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. These medications are sometimes used for several medical conditions, including dementia.

Provider
B+
11.31%
State
B-
17.92%
National
B
14.18%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percent of residents prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are administered to residents suffering from anxiety or depression.

Provider
A+
5.76%
State
B+
18.77%
National
B
19.67%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Managing Depression Among Residents

This indicates the percent of patients showing symptoms of depression.

Provider
A+
0%
State
B+
1.73%
National
B+
5.09%

Percent of Patients
Lower is Better

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Provider
C
92.31%
State
B-
90.87%
National
B
92.04%

Percent of Patients
Higher is Better

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Measures the percentage of long-term residents who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and taking a bath. Many argue that this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.

Provider
A-
11.11%
State
B
14.82%
National
B
14.47%

Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

This tells you the percent of patients that were able to retain mobility over time. Retaining mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.

Provider
B
17%
State
B
16.96%
National
B
17.09%

Percentage of Residents
Higher is Better

Hospitalizations

This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Staying out of the hospital is critical to the physical health of nursing home residents.

Provider
A
0.87
State
B+
1.45
National
B
1.70

Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Provider
B
17
State
B
16.96
National
B
17.09

Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: ER Visits

This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to assess the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.

Provider
A-
7.33
State
B
9.99
National
B
10.26

Percentage of Patients
Lower is Better

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

This is a measure of the percentage of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements.

Provider
F
49.65%
State
B-
63.24%
National
B
68.04%

Percentage of Resident
Higher is Better

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Dialysis Stations: 18
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Dialysis Stations: 18
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Dialysis Stations: 21
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