Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

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Opening Times

  • Monday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

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This page includes contact information about the Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center like street address and directions, phone number, inspections, penalties and other useful information.

This facility address is: 1010 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA, 01854. Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center is ranked 1 out of 9 total Nursing Home Facilities in the city of Lowell, 22 out of 212 facilities within 20 mile radius and 37 out of 410 facilities within the state of Massachusetts. They have 109.0 Residents in Beds and 123.0 Medicaid Beds.

About Nursing home and Assisted living

  • 123 certified beds
  • Participates in : Medicare and Medicaid
  • Automatic sprinkler systems in all required areas :Yes
  • Not in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
  • Not in a hospital
  • Resident council only

Cost and Pricing Information

Facility Private Room Monthly Cost Non-private Room Monthly Cost
Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center* $7,756 $7,452
State Average Cost $12,015 $11,254
On Medicaid it may be possible to to have the full cost of care covered, less the income of the individual receiving care.

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Inspection Results

Each year, an inspection is carried out by the Regional Liaison Officers to ensure that the services offered by a nursing home meet the official requirements. The Department of Social Development brings in the inspecting officers. The examinations are usually a surprise, and their completion can take a couple of days. Besides yearly evaluations from the Department of Social Development, they can also make an extra visit if there are contentions about the well-being of nursing home residents. For evaluating the situation and taking suitable action, a follow-up visit can be made.

Moreover, yearly inspections are performed by the Department of Health Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) and the Department of Public Safety inspection services, including the Office of the Fire Marshal as well. As the checks take place annually, they should always be updated before the issuance or renewal of licenses of nursing homes.

Overall rating: 1 (Much Below Average).

  • Quality of resident care: 4 (Above Average).
  • Long-stay quality of resident care: 4 (Above Average).

Health inspections

The health examinations page of Nursing Home Compare has the following information:

  • Info on a nursing home’s health inspections
  • Complaints filed
  • Resulting citations

Nursing homes, which are certified by Medicare and Medicaid, are investigated annually. Health care specialists thoroughly examine a nursing home for any present health and safety citations. The rating on a health examination page is rewarded according to a nursing home’s most recent and the last two health assessments. Results of the preceding three years of complaint files and inspection revisits are also accounted for in the star rating.

  • Health Inspection rating: 1 (Much Below Average).
  • Total number of health citations: 9
  • Average number of health citations in Massachusetts: 8.8
  • Average number of health citations in the U.S.: 8.3

Fire safety inspections

Medicare or Medicaid-certified nursing homes should always meet the official safety standards set by government authoritiesto guarantee the safety of the residents. Fire safety experts check the nursing homes for the LSC (Life Safety Code) bar,fire safety, and emergency readiness set of CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services). These are intended for preventingfires and protecting residents in unfortunate cases of emergency like a fire, tornado, flood, hurricane, gas leak, or power failure.

  • Automatic Sprinkler Systems in All Required Areas: Yes
  • Total number of fire safety citations: 0
  • Average number of fire safety citations in MA: 1.2
  • Average number of fire safety citations in the U.S.: 3.0

Staffing rating

Data in the Staffing Rating section mentions any present licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/LVN), registered nurses (RN),nurse aides, and physical therapists (PT). Note that physical therapists are not counted in the “all staffing” rating. Additionally,the staff-resident health ratio is also considered in the “staffing” star rating. A nursing home that houses residents of lower and averagehealth might need more staff as compared to a nursing home where the average health condition of the residents is better.

  • Staffing rating: 3 (Average).
  • Average number of residents per day: 114.4 (the state of 99.3 and a National average of 86.1).
  • Total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day: 1 hour and 25 minutes (the state of 1 hour and 35 minutes and a National average of 1 hour and 34 minutes).
  • RN hours per resident per day: 29 minutes (the state of 42 minutes and a National average of 41 minutes).
  • LPN/LVN hours per resident per day: 55 minutes (the state of 53 minutes and a National average of 52 minutes).
  • Nurse aide hours per resident per day: 2 hours and 34 minutes (the state of 2 hours and 8 minutes and a National average of 2 hours and 18 minutes).
  • Physical therapist staff hours per resident per day: 10 minutes (the state of 5 minutes and a National average of 5 minutes).

Registered Nurse staffing rating

These are certified healthcare workers responsible for coordination, management, and general delivery of care to the residentsof a nursing home. The rating of RN staffing depends on the staff-sick resident ratio. Some residents of a nursing home are not ashealthy as other residents might need more care, so nursing homes with more RN staff will be better equipped to fulfill the caring needs of such residents.

  • Registered Nurse staffing rating: 3 (Average).
  • Average number of residents per day: 114.4 (the state of 99.3 and a National average of 86.1).
  • RN hours per resident per day: 29 minutes (the state of 42 minutes and a National average of 41 minutes).

Penalties

If a nursing home receives a severe citation and is unable to improve on it for long, a penalty may be imposed. This penalty can be either a fine or a canceled payment from Medicare.

  • Federal fines in the last 3 years: 3
  • Amount(s) and date(s): $11,749 on 04/17/2019$106,959 on 10/18/2018$9,428 on 12/07/2017
  • Payment denials by Medicare in the last 3 years: 0

Popular questions at Northwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

What happens when one spouse goes to a nursing home?

Medicaid has spousal protection rules in place, which vary from state to state. These rules are in place to ensure that the spouse can keep the assets and income they need to live comfortably. In most cases, spouses can continue to use the entirety of their own income. They may be able to access a portion of their spouse’s income, depending on the situation. The spouse will also be able to keep 50 percent of the couple’s total joint assets.

How can I prevent a nursing home from taking my home?

There are a few different things you can do with your property to avoid having it seized by Medicaid. One option is to put your home into an irrevocable trust, which legally protects your property from Medicaid. You may also be able to protect your property by forming a life estate or gifting it to someone. However, there can be complicated tax ramifications to these actions, so it’s best to talk to a lawyer before doing so.

Who pays for nursing home if you have no money?

For many people, the high costs of a nursing home are far outside of their monthly budget. If you don’t have the money to pay for a nursing home, Medicaid will be the best option in most cases. Medicare requirements are determined by state governments and can differ based on where you live, but your income will need to be under a certain amount in order to qualify. In most cases, you will also be required to sell any property that you aren’t living in and sell any existing investments you have before you can qualify for Medicaid coverage.

How much does Medicaid pay for nursing home?

If you qualify for Medicaid, they will pay the full cost of your nursing home expenses in most cases. However, if you do have any remaining income, you will be required to relinquish most of it. You will be allowed to keep a small portion of your income as an allowance for your daily needs.

How much money can you keep when going into a nursing home?

There are many factors that determine the cost of a nursing home, such as location and specific services. The average yearly cost for a semi-private room in a nursing home is $89,297, while a private room is $100,375. The costs for assisted living and retirement communities tend to be much more affordable as they do not provide extensive medical services. The average cost of an assisted living facility is $43,200 per year.


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