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1200 Birchwood Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 734-9295

Data accessed April 27, 2022.

General Information

Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services is a for-profit corporation owned by ARISO LLC. A Medicare and Medicaid participant, this facility has 84 certified beds and is not located within a hospital or Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Fines and Citations

As a result of the facility’s most recent health inspection on May 20, 2019, the facility received 54 citations for various failures, including to:

  • Honor the right of residents to a dignified existence, in instances in which four residents were not groomed or dressed in a dignified manner.
  • Protect residents from abuse in the case of four residents who were not adequately protected from another resident’s aggressive behaviors, resulting in physical harm and verbal abuse that “placed all residents at increased risk for serious injury and psychological harm.”
  • Keep residents’ drug regimens free from unnecessary psychotropic medications in the case of three residents who were consequently placed at risk of medication-related complications.
  • Provide or obtain dental services for each resident, in the case of one resident whose ill-fitting or loose dentures were not addressed.
  • Ensure resident environments are free of accident hazards in a case where potentially hazardous chemicals were not secured when they were not under staff supervision.
  • Provide adequate supervision for residents with wandering behaviors, placing the residents “at risk for potential harm from ingestion” of the above-described potentially hazardous chemicals.

Fire and Safety Inspections

This facility has automatic sprinkler systems in all required areas. Its most recent fire and safety inspection was on May 8, 2019, and 14 fire safety citations were issued. The average number of safety citations in Washington is 5.8; in the U.S., 4.4.

Staffing

Number of Residents
The average number of residents per day at this facility is 62.1.
The Washington average is 62.9.
The national average is 76.5.

Number of Nurse Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day
The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day is 4 hours and 17 minutes.
The Washington average is 4 hours and 11 minutes.
The national average is 3 hours and 46 minutes.

Number of RN Hours Per Resident Per Day
The number of RN hours per resident per day is 32 minutes.
The Washington average is 56 minutes.
The national average is 41 minutes.

LPN/LVN Hours Per Resident Per Day
The number of LPN/LVN hours per resident per day is 1 hour and 5 minutes.
The Washington average is 47 minutes minutes.
The national average is 53 minutes.

Nurse Aide Hours Per Resident Per Day
The number of nurse aid hours per resident per day is 2 hours and 41 minutes.
The Washington average is 2 hours 28 minutes.
The national average is 2 hours 12 minutes.

Physical Therapist Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day
The number of Physical Therapist staff hours per resident per day is 5 minutes.
The Washington Average is 5 minutes.
The national average is 4 minutes.

1. Vital Statistics

Number of Beds: 84 certified bedsinformation
Accepts:  Medicare and Medicaidinformation

2. Key Ratings

Star Rating Summary
Overall Ratinginformation Two Stars Below Average
Health Inspectioninformation One Star Much Below Average
Staffinginformation Three Stars Average
RN Staffing Three Stars Average
Quality Measuresinformation Five Stars Much Above Average

3. Key Short Stay Statistics

Description Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services Washington Average
Percentage of SNF residents with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened
Lower percentages are better.
5.5% Not Available
Percent of short-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the seasonal influenza vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
95.2% 78.9%
Percent of short-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the pneumococcal vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
91.8% 83.2%
Percentage of short-stay residents who got antipsychotic medication for the first time
Lower percentages are better.
1.2% 1.5%

4. Key Long Stay Statistics

Description Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services Washington Average
Percent of long-stay residents experiencing one or more falls with major injury
Lower percentages are better.
1.8% 3%
Percent of long-stay residents with a urinary tract infection
Lower percentages are better.
0.9% 2.2%
Percent of long-stay high-risk residents with pressure ulcers
Lower percentages are better.
2.7% 7%
Percent of long-stay low-risk residents who lose control of their bowels or bladder
Lower percentages are better.
40.6% 54.3%
Percent of long-stay residents who have or had a catheter inserted and left in their bladder
Lower percentages are better.
1.2% 1.6%
Percent of long-stay residents who were physically restrained
Lower percentages are better.
0% 0.6%
Percentage of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened
Lower percentages are better.
29.3% 23.3%
Percent of long-stay residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased
Lower percentages are better.
14.9% 13.8%
Percent of long-stay residents who lose too much weight
Lower percentages are better.
3% 6.3%
Percent of long-stay residents who have depressive symptoms
Lower percentages are better.
7.8% 13.7%
Percentage of long-stay residents who received an antianxiety or hypnotic medication
Lower percentages are better.
16.1% 12.4%
Percent of long-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the seasonal influenza vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
100% 95.3%
Percent of long-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the pneumococcal vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
96.5% 95%
Percent of long-stay residents who received an antipsychotic medication
Lower percentages are better.
9.9% 13.9%

5. COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Rates

Description Avamere Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Services Washington Average
Resident vaccination
Higher percentages are better.
89.2% 89.9%
Resident boosters
Higher percentages are better.
75.9% 82%
Staff vaccination
Higher percentages are better.
95.9% 92.2%
Staff boosters
Higher percentages are better.
64.9% 46.4%

6. Inspection Summary

Date of standard health inspection:  5/20/2019
Total number of health citations: 54
Average number of health deficiencies in Washington: 20.3
Average number of health citations in the U.S.: 8.1