Watertown Health Center is a facility located in Watertown, Massachusetts, which has a total of 32,014 people. With an overall score of F, we consider this to be a lower end facility. Based on our ratings, this place likely isn't a good fit for anyone. Despite all this, one of the few highlights of this facility's report card is its strong nursing grade. You can scroll down to find out about nursing and other category scores
Watertown Health Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
Registered Staff Hours
Even though we gave this nursing home a terrible overall score, we awarded it a B in the category of nursing. Our nursing category includes a handful of subcategories, most of which are associated with quantities of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at 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 place the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as having a system of turning a resident even once per day.
Long-term Care Quality
Incredibly, we awarded this nursing home a C for its long-term care grade, which really isn't too bad of a score. In the area of long-term care, we focus more on the quantity of care provided by a nursing home, as opposed to more medically-intensive services. After assessing the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we turned to the facility's vaccination record. Candidly, we were a bit alarmed this facility vaccinated 66.847824 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is quite a few points less than average. Fortunately, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. It had only 0.04 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Short-term Care Quality
As it turns out, this nursing home only received a grade of D for its short-term care grade, which is not an impressive grade. Our short-term care ratings are arguably most important for individuals needing a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually requires more highly-skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes not merely nursing services, but also physical and speech therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Given its abysmal rating in this category, we were not surprised to discover that this nursing home offers far fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per patient than most other nursing homes. The final statistic we considered in this area is the percentage of residents who ultimately were able to return home from the facility. This nursing home struggled quite a bit in this metric as well, with just 3.7 percent of its patients returning home. Unfortunately, this was quite a bit below the national average.
Turning to our final category of inspections, this facility received a grade that's as bad as it gets. We weight this category more heavily than our other categories. You should pay close attention to any deficiencies on a facility's inspection reports when it receives this bad of an inspection score. We recommend you pay close attention to the level of severity of those deficiencies. This nursing home was hit with 4 deficiencies by CMS. The only favorable thing we can say is that none of the deficiencies were in the categories that suggest that they created a risk to patient health or safety. Lastly, we also would like to draw your attention to the fact that this nursing home received large government fines recently totaling more than $100,000. This typically indicates that a bad track record has been an issue for multiple years.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Watertown Health Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Watertown Health Center, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric tells you the percentage of long-term care patients that suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a reliable measure of a facility's nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Watertown Health Center, 3.62% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents that have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are routinely associated with lower levels of patient supervision. Better nursing protocols limits the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Watertown Health Center, 2.45% of Patients had UTIs
This figure indicates the percent of long-term care residents who have experienced urinary tract infections. UTI's could be a sign of a facility with lower levels of hygiene. Nevertheless, this datapoint could be skewed for some facilities due to inconsistent reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Watertown Health Center, 18.96% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure tells you the percentage of long-term residents which are administered antipsychotic medication. Increased usage of these drugs may mean a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior in situations where such medications are not medically indicated. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely on these medications due to an increased number of patients suffering from dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Watertown Health Center, 18.8% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint gauges the percent of long-term residents taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Watertown Health Center, 1.95% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents demonstrating signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Watertown Health Center, 91.63% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term care patients that received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines important for resident well-being.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Watertown Health Center, 15.18% Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and continence.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Watertown Health Center, 19.01% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents that were able to retain mobility.
In Watertown Health Center, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Watertown Health Center, 19.01 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Watertown Health Center, 10.9 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to assess patient care during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Watertown Health Center, 71.03% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percent of short-term residents that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some would argue that this is a reliable measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation performance.
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