Located in Winchester, Massachusetts, Whester Nursing Center is one of only two nursing homes there. This nursing home is an A+ rated facility, which is the most impressive score. In fact, this nursing home has the prestigious distinction of being one of the top 25 facilities in Massachusetts. This also wound up being a very consistent facility with consistent ratings in all four of the major categories. More information about these categories is available below.
Whester Nursing 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 Hospice
- Offers Post-Acute Care
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
Registered Staff Hours
One of the many reasons this place turned out to be a great nursing home is that it received an A+ inspection grade. This is just about as good as it gets in this critical area. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in computing our inspection scores. One critical factor is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more important than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies end up being relatively insignificant. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that we have information on deficiency's for this nursing home. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Short-term Care Quality
Adding to its first-rate resume, this nursing home also received a superb short-term care score, with a score of A. Our short-term care ratings are considered to be more meaningful for people requiring rehabilitation from their nursing home. Rehabilitation generally utilizes additional skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes not just nursing, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these skilled professionals. On the other hand, according to the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The final statistic we considered in this category is the number of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We found that 6.5 percent of this nursing home's residents were able to return home.
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Adding to its impressive resume, this nursing home also excelled in our nursing category. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A for that category. We scrutinized the skill-level of nurses employed by the nursing home, as well as the number of hours the nurses were with residents, in determining our rating in this category. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures 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 facility the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as by having a protocol of moving patients more frequently.
Long-term Care Quality
Switching gears to the final area, this nursing home also performed admirably in our long-term care category. We gave it a grade of A for that area. This finalized a straight A report card. Facilities that excel in long-term care typically provide patients with more supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. On top of looking at the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This nursing home provided the vaccine to 100 percent of its residents. Vaccines are vital to keeping residents healthy. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Whester Nursing Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Whester Nursing Center, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of patients that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often caused by residents staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Whester Nursing Center, 3.62% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents that have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Falls leading to injury are routinely the result of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Whester Nursing Center, 2.45% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections could be linked to insufficient hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Whester Nursing Center, 18.96% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percentage of long-term stay residents that are prescribed antipsychotic medication. Excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a facility is using these medications to subdue residents in situations where such drugs are not medically indicated. However, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these drugs due to an increased number of patients with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Whester Nursing Center, 18.8% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents which were prescribed antianxiety medication. These medications are typically given to residents experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Whester Nursing Center, 1.95% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients demonstrating signs of depression. Some argue that this is a measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Whester Nursing Center, 91.63% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Whester Nursing Center, 15.18% Percentage of Patients
This is the percent of patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Whester Nursing Center, 19.01% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term residents that retained mobility levels. Many would argue that mobility is vital to patients health.
In Whester Nursing Center, 1.24 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding the hospital is critical to preserving the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Whester Nursing Center, 19.01 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Whester Nursing Center, 10.9 Percentage of Patients
This is the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between having fewer emergency room visits and the overall quality of rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Whester Nursing Center, 71.03% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percentage of short-term patients who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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