Westford House is a large facility in Westford, Massachusetts. Featuring an overall rating of B-, this is likely a middle of the road nursing home. This place seems to have a few things working in its favor. This facility is better in some categories than others, but it didn't have any bad scores in any of the major categories discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Speech Therapy
- Amputee Recovery
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Colostomy Care
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Lymphedema Care
Registered Staff Hours
It should also be noted that this nursing home's nursing score outpaced its overall rating. In fact, we gave it a B+ for its nursing grade. When calculating our nursing grades, we weigh both nursing hours and the skill levels of those nurses. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this nursing home excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can typically be prevented by offering better nursing care, such as by having a policy of moving a resident more often.
Short-term Care Quality
In addition, we awarded this facility a grade of B in our short-term care category. This is one of our better scores. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we quantify the nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. Our objective is to devise a tool for comparing the rehabilitation services of nursing homes. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Finally, we considered the number of patients who eventually returned home from this facility. We found that 5.8 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.
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This facility also received a strong inspection score. Inspection grades are based on the nursing home's recent government inspections. We awarded this nursing home an above average grade of B in this area. These inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these factors by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Fortunately, although this facility had a few minor dings on its government inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means that CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Keep in mind that deficiency-free inspections are rare in the industry.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we analyzed is long-term care. This facility received a grade of B- for this area. Our long-term care scores are more meaningful for patients in need of more conventional services related to personal care. One of the statistics we considered in addition to nurse's aid hours was vaccinations. Thankfully, this nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccination to 95.58011 percent of its patients. This nursing home also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Westford House Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Westford House, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are routinely caused by patients staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Westford House, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients who have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injuries are often associated with poor nursing care. Better nursing care limits the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Westford House, 2.42% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections are associated with poor hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Westford House, 19.05% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This datapoint gauges the percentage of long-term residents that were given antipsychotic medication. Increased usage of these drugs may indicate a facility is using these medications to subdue residents in scenarios where such drugs aren't medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely on these medications due to having more patients with cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Westford House, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of patients who were prescribed antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are prescribed to residents suffering from depression or anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Westford House, 1.93% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term patients who are exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Westford House, 91.44% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home patients, making these types of vaccines critical to patient care.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Westford House, 15.15% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Westford House, 17.66% Percentage of Residents
This is a measure of the percent of long-term residents that maintained mobility. Many believe that mobility is important for patients physical and mental health.
In Westford House, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
Measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is critical to preserving the physical health of nursing home residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Westford House, 17.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Westford House, 10.93 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Westford House, 71.35% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term stay residents who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of performance with activities of daily living typically correlates with higher quality rehabilitation.
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