1300 S. ELLWOOD AVENUE
BALTIMORE, MD 21224
- Located in Baltimore City, Maryland
- For-profit corporation
- Certified beds: 142
- Last Medicare rating: 4 stars
FutureCare Canton Harbor is a unit of nursing home Giant FutureCare, which operates 14 nursing home facilities in Maryland. This Baltimore facility is a for-profit entity with 142 certified beds. FutureCare Canton Harbor's range of services includes a pulmonary rehabilitation program, and rehab for orthopedic injuries, stroke, surgery, and other medical procedures. It also provides long-term care.
Our nursing home lawyers are not in the habit of praising FutureCare. We just beat them in a big case in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and we think a lot of FutureCare nursing homes are just plain subpar. We see over and over that subpar nursing homes get people hurt and killed.
That said, we are not talking about FutureCare, but this particular nursing home. Is this one of the best nursing homes in Baltimore? Absolutely not. But Based on the objective data, this is not a bad nursing home.
One reason is resources. FutureCare seems willing to invest in this facility by investing in staffing. Most of these big chain nursing homes are shooting for spending slightly less than the average nursing home. Not so little as to create and uproar but not enough to provide good patient care.
But iff you can measure the amount of care people receive based on the amount of time practitioners spend with them, then FutureCare Canton Harbor looks like a good bet. The are making a reasonable effort to staff the facility well. The latest standard Medicare inspection gave this facility 4 stars (above average) for staffing, and a 4-star rating overall.
This FutureCare facility was markedly generous in daily nursing time it gave each resident: over half an hour more, per day than either the Maryland or U.S. averages. This included more time with RNs (1 hour, 12 minutes, versus 59 minutes on average for Maryland, 50 minutes on average nationally); FutureCare Canton Harbor got a 4-star rating for RN staffing in particular. It also exceeded the state and national averages for resident time with LPNs and LVNs (licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses) and physical therapists, and it was on par with the Maryland and U.S. averages for resident time with certified nursing assistants.FutureCare Canton Harbor Competitors
Before we did deeper into this nursing home, let's look for a moment at the competitors. There are many nursing homes in Baltimore City, but they are not congregated in this area of town. Here are a few large competitors
- Riverview Rehabilitation & Health Care Center: This huge 238-bed Essex nursing home did okay in its last standard Medicare health inspection, but otherwise it is an underachiever. It got 1-star ratings for quality measures and for staffing (unusually poor), and if not for its 4-star health inspection, it probably would not have gotten as high as its 2-star rating overall. Riverview is a five-mile drive on Eastern Avenue from Canton Harbor
- Heritage Center: If this were the Kentucky Derby, FutureCare Canton Harbor would beat this Baltimore facility by about a full length. FutureCare and Heritage Center are even on quality measures, but FutureCare wins on staffing, the health inspection, and the overall Medicare rating (4 stars, versus two stars for Heritage Center). This 177-bed Dundalk nursing home is a 3.2-mile drive on O'Donnell Street and German Hill Road.
All that care time earned this facility only a 3-star (average) rating for quality measures, which are numerical gauges of the results of that care. Yet within that 3-star rating, FutureCare Canton Harbor had some very good metrics.
Its results for short-stay residents were very close, overall, to the Maryland and national averages. On the plus side, FutureCare Canton Harbor had an excellent record on prevention of pressure ulcers (bed sores), with a very small incidence rate of 0.3 percent (versus 1.3 percent for Maryland, 1.2 percent nationally). This is a really good sign for patient care that belies that 3-star rating.
On the minus side, this facility's short-stay residents were more apt than average to report having moderate to severe pain. This is a big deal too, right? One of a nursing home's most important duties is to keep its residents comfortable. In most other measured categories, however, FutureCare Canton Harbor's stats were close to comparable with the Maryland and U.S. averages, often falling right in between the two.
This FutureCare facility actually got better scores for long-stay residents than for short-stay residents - beating the Maryland and U.S. averages in 8 of 15 measured categories. Here is a case of "less is more": this facility's long-stay residents were less likely to suffer from falls with injury, urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers, incontinence, ongoing catheterization, serious weight loss, or anxiety. They were entirely unlikely to be subject to physical restraints: there was zero usage of restraints here.
The one big negative for this facility's long-stay residents was on rates of depression: FutureCare Canton Harbor's 16.5 percent depression rate was over three times higher than the Maryland and U.S. averages (4.7 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively).Mostly Middle
Other standard Medicare ratings placed FutureCare Canton Harbor mostly in the middle rank of U.S. nursing homes, not that the middle is a great place to be given the putrid nursing home care in this country. Its last standard health inspection, in August 2015, turned up a total of 10 deficiencies: higher than the national average (7.1 deficiencies) but a bit better than the Maryland average (11.4 deficiencies). (Notably, however, 5 of this facility's ten deficiencies were in the category of quality care.)
FutureCare Canton Harbor fared less well in terms of fire safety: its total of 7 fire safety deficiencies was about the same as the Maryland and U.S. averages -- combined (4.0 for Maryland, 3.4 for the U.S.).
Canton Harbor has had one recent complaint inspection. This special inspection investigated a single complaint that the facility failed to give three different meds to one resident (or, perhaps, staffers did give the meds but failed to record doing so). Either way, this was a mistake found during an inspection which makes you worry it is a regular occurrence. Stating the obvious: giving and documenting the appropriate medication is a big deal.Baltimore Nursing Home Lawyer
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