Nursing Homes in Washington- Monthly Analysis & Key Metrics

Data as of February 11, 2024

Reviewed by Richard Saunders

The State Level Skilled Nursing Home Analysis Report

Recently, the Biden administration announced a goal of improving nursing home care, as highlighted in several important announcements (see the initial announcement and a subsequent announcement). While this is a commendable goal, it is not entirely clear what the best approach is for achieving it. Proposing minimum staffing levels for all nursing homes simplifies a complicated issue. Nursing Homes address a wide range of resident needs, from short-term rehabilitation to long-term care to dementia and memory issues, that require different levels of care. It also fails to address a national staffing shortage that will likely only worsen.

At NursingHomeDatabase.com, we believe that one critical element of any improvement effort is to have access to good, clear data and analysis that can help everyone understand the current state of affairs, identify trends, and track progress over time. To this end, we have built this series of reports that will try to illuminate the key metrics of nursing home performance for each state. Our reports are designed to provide valuable insights and inform policymakers, healthcare providers, and families who are interested in nursing home care.

The analysis for the state level report cards of nursing home care is primarily derived from data that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ("CMS") provides. CMS publishes weekly data about nursing home occupancy and COVID-19 infections and publishes monthly reports with ratings, staffing levels, and deficiencies.

Summary Analysis of Nursing Homes in Washington- The 10,000 foot view

Updated on February 11, 2024

According to the latest data compiled by NursingHomeDatabase.com, Washington has a total of 195 active skilled nursing facilities and 17,291 beds. Based on the US Census estimates for the population of 7,785,786, the current total bed count represents one bed for every 450.28 persons in Washington. There were 13,089 residents as February 11, 2024 for a state wide occupancy level of 75.70 percent. (Note that the home count is based on monthly data provided by CMS and the number of beds and the occupancy numbers are based on weekly data. There is a minor number of homes that do not report their data weekly.)

According to the monthly data, Washington has added 0 new beds and lost 263 existing beds over the past year.

The Biden Administration has announced that it wants to regulate minimum nursing home staffing levels. They have proposed minimums of .55 hours of care per resident per day from registered nurses (RNs) and 2.45 hours of care per resident per day certified nursing aids (CNAs). These are the current level amount of hours per resident per day of care for Washington and a comparison to national averages.

Staffing Levels State National
Registered Nurse (RN) 0.87 0.65
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) 2.57 2.26
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) 0.82 0.88
All Staff 4.25 3.79

Detailed analysis pages for the largest cities in Washington:

COVID-19 Infections in Washington Nursing Homes

While COVID-19 infections and deaths are down significantly from late 2020 and 2021, the number of infections and deaths continues to be monitored. For nursing homes in Washington there were a total of 125 new cases and 125 new deaths among residents for the week ending February 11, 2024. The chart below shows COVID-19 activity for the past year.

New and Lost Nursing Homes in Washington

No new homes were reported by CMS over the past twelve months.

Washington lost 4 skilled nursing facilities and 263 beds over the past year. Below is list of the lost facilities:

Facility Number of Beds
Avamere Bellingham Health Care and Rehab Services 84
Riverside Nursing and Rehab Ctr 91
The Springs at Pacific Regent 54
Booker Rest Home 34

This data is based on homes reported by CMS. Additional homes may have opened or closed but are not yet in the dataset.

Occupancy Percentages for Washington Nursing Homes

The chart below shows the overall occupancy for nursing home beds in Washington. Occupancies levels for individual facilities will differ and can be found on the detail page for the specific nursing home.

Best and Worst Nursing Homes in Washington

The list below shows the best skilled nursing facilities in Washington based on their most recent weighted average inspection score. Some nursing homes may have higher overall 5-star ratings than the homes on this list. We feel that the health inspection score is the best indicator of current operations. It changes quicker than the overall rating.

Facility Rating
Forks Community Hospital, Ltcu
530 BOGACHIEL WAY
FORKS, WA
0.00
Buena Vista Healthcare
151 BUENA VISTA DRIVE
COLVILLE, WA
7.33
Mission Healthcare at Renton
17420 106TH PL SE
RENTON, WA
16.67
Yakima Valley School
609 SPEYERS ROAD
SELAH, WA
20.67
Regency Harmony House Rehab and Nursing
100 RIVER PLAZA
BREWSTER, WA
22.00
Beacon Hill Rehabilitation
128 BEACON HILL DRIVE
LONGVIEW, WA
27.33
Washington Soldiers Home
1301 ORTING-KAPOWSIN HWY E
ORTING, WA
31.33
Kin On Health Care Center
4416 SOUTH BRANDON STREET
SEATTLE, WA
32.00
Rainier Rehabilitation
920 12TH AVENUE SOUTHEAST
PUYALLUP, WA
32.67
Life Care Center of South Hill
2508 7TH ST SOUTHEAST
PUYALLUP, WA
34.00

The list below shows the worst skilled nursing facilities in Washington based on their most recent weighted average inspection score.

Facility Rating
Everett Center
1919 112TH STREET SOUTHWEST
EVERETT, WA
739.17
North Auburn Rehab and Health Center
2830 I STREET NORTHEAST
AUBURN, WA
440.33
Auburn Post Acute
414 - 17TH SOUTHEAST
AUBURN, WA
427.00
Valley View Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation
4430 TALBOT ROAD SOUTH
RENTON, WA
424.00
North Bend Post Acute
219 CEDAR AVENUE SOUTH
NORTH BEND, WA
341.33
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Sunrise View Convalescent Ctr
2520 MADISON
EVERETT, WA
341.00
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Ballard Center
820 NORTHWEST 95TH STREET
SEATTLE, WA
333.00
Regency Coupeville Rehab and Nursing Center
311 NORTHEAST 3RD STREET
COUPEVILLE, WA
330.00
Washington Care Center
2821 SOUTH WALDEN STREET
SEATTLE, WA
329.00
Roo Lan Health and Rehab
1505 CARPENTER ROAD SE
LACEY, WA
300.33

Nursing Homes with the warning icon () have been flagged by CMS for abuse.

Skilled Nursing Homes in Washington Compared to Nationwide

We have compared Washington nursing homes to the nationwide average on several metrics. Washington performed better than the national average on several metrics and worse on other metrics.

Cycle 1 Total Number Of Health Deficiencies 14.80 Higher
Cycle 1 Total Number Of Fire Safety Deficiencies 12.50 Higher
Cycle 2 Total Number Of Health Deficiencies 18.60 Higher
Cycle 2 Total Number Of Fire Safety Deficiencies 6.90 Higher
Cycle 3 Total Number Of Health Deficiencies 19.80 Higher
Cycle 3 Total Number Of Fire Safety Deficiencies 6.30 Higher
Average Number Of Residents Per Day 69.20 Lower
Reported Nurse Aide Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 2.57 Higher
Reported Lpn Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 0.82 Lower
Reported Rn Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 0.87 Higher
Reported Licensed Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 1.68 Higher
Reported Total Nurse Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 4.25 Higher
Total Number Of Nurse Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day On The Weekend 3.64 Higher
Registered Nurse Hours Per Resident Per Day On The Weekend 0.60 Higher
Reported Physical Therapist Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 0.09 Higher
Total Nursing Staff Turnover 54.30 Higher
Registered Nurse Turnover 53.40 Higher
Number Of Administrators Who Have Left The Nursing Home 0.80 Higher
Case-mix Rn Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 0.38 Higher
Case-mix Total Nurse Staffing Hours Per Resident Per Day 3.29 Higher
Number Of Fines 2.80 Higher
Fine Amount In Dollars 75,885.00 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Whose Need For Help With Daily Activities Has Increased 14.37 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Lose Too Much Weight 6.25 Higher
Percentage Of Low Risk Long Stay Residents Who Lose Control Of Their Bowels Or Bladder 56.15 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents With A Catheter Inserted And Left In Their Bladder 1.68 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents With A Urinary Tract Infection 2.45 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Have Depressive Symptoms 13.48 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Were Physically Restrained 0.10 Lower
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Experiencing One Or More Falls With Major Injury 2.77 Lower
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Assessed And Appropriately Given The Pneumococcal Vaccine 95.16 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Received An Antipsychotic Medication 14.14 Lower
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Assessed And Appropriately Given The Pneumococcal Vaccine 84.87 Higher
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Newly Received An Antipsychotic Medication 1.17 Lower
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Whose Ability To Move Independently Worsened 20.51 Higher
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Who Received An Antianxiety Or Hypnotic Medication 12.00 Lower
Percentage Of High Risk Long Stay Residents With Pressure Ulcers 7.59 Lower
Percentage Of Long Stay Residents Assessed And Appropriately Given The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine 94.73 Lower
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Made Improvements In Function 74.62 Lower
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Were Assessed And Appropriately Given The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine 79.14 Higher
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Were Rehospitalized After A Nursing Home Admission 17.35 Lower
Percentage Of Short Stay Residents Who Had An Outpatient Emergency Department Visit 12.86 Higher
Number Of Hospitalizations Per 1000 Long-stay Resident Days 1.23 Lower
Number Of Outpatient Emergency Department Visits Per 1000 Long-stay Resident Days 0.97 Lower