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  • State Deems Two Haverhill Nursing Homes
    ‘Deficiency Free’ Once Again

  • HAVERHILL (June 23, 2015) —Two Haverhill nursing homes, Lakeview House Skilled Nursing and Residential Care Facility and Baker-Katz Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, received the federal government’s top five-star rating and have been deemed “deficiency free” again this year.

    The state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification made the determinations during separate unannounced surveys this spring. The division inspects nursing homes at least every 9-15 months to assess compliance with federal standards of care such as adequacy of staffing, quality of care and cleanliness of facilities.

    “We take great interest in ensuring not only the highest levels of patient care and quality, but also work to maintain safe, clean and home-like facilities,” said Jon D. Guarino, president of Guarino-Grimes LLC, managers of the two nursing homes. MORE


  • Baker-Katz takes steps to cut use of medication

  • HAVERHILL, Mass. (Jan. 28, 2013) — Staff at Haverhill's Baker-Katz Nursing Home are learning new ways of caring for their patients that will help to reduce the amounts of anti-psychotic medications they dispense, especially to residents with dementia.

    The state Department of Public Health wants nursing homes to reduce the use of such medications because they can negatively affect the residents’ quality of life and the ability of the staff to interact with residents in a positive way, said the facility’s director, William Grimes.

    Laurie Herndon, director of clinical quality for the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation, said the Massachusetts  Department of Public Health is interested in reducing the overall amounts of anti-psychotic medications given to nursing home residents. Overuse of such medications can result resident injuries from falls as well as negative effects to their health as a result of inactivity, Herndon said. MORE


  • Two Haverhill Nursing Homes Receive Commonwealth’s Top Ratings

  • HAVERHILL (Aug. 16, 2012) — Pizza parties greeted employees of two Haverhill nursing homes upon release of top ratings for each home by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Lakeview House Skilled Nursing and Residential Care Facility and Baker-Katz Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, both of Haverhill, were again deemed “deficiency free” by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Division of Health Care Quality after separate surveys.

  • “It is entirely appropriate to reward staff of each facility since they have worked well above and beyond the calls of duty to create safe, clean and home-like atmospheres,” said Jon D. Guarino, president of Guarino-Grimes LLC, managers of the two nursing homes. “The ability of staff, quality of care and cleanliness are among the criteria the state uses to rank health care settings,” he explained. Guarino also thanked William P. Grimes, administrator of Baker-Katz, and James F. Grimes, administrator of Lakeview House, at separate parties for consistently achieving high ratings. MORE