AMERICA’S BEST NURSING HOMES

U.S. News and World Report

On November 16, 2016, U.S. News and World Report released their list of the top rated skilled nursing facilities in the nation. Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is happy to again be named one of the best nursing homes on top of their 5-star rating by Medicare.

Burien ranks among the best of Seattle areas nursing homes

The federal Medicare program ranked some of the top nursing homes in the Seattle area. Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation ranked among the best nursing homes with perfect score, 5-stars, in overall ratings. A huge congratulations to Burien for being an exemplary facility and providing the best care they can. For more about the Medicare rating and new website, read about it here.

Burien Nursing & Rehabilitation was named Best Nursing Home for 2015 by US News and World Report. Burien is proud to be recognized as one of the top nursing homes in the nation. 

Burien Receives QAPI Accrediation

Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has received accreditation as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities. The accreditation, presented by independent accreditor Providigm, LLC, demonstrates that the facility is continually assessing residents’ quality of life with regard to concerns such as pain, dignity, respect for resident choice, and quality of care problems including whether there are enough staff to meet resident needs, weight loss, infections, rehabilitation following acute injury or illness, and prevention of readmissions to hospital.

Burien Nursing & Rehabilitation has once again been voted best nursing home for 2014 by US News and World Report.

America’s Best Nursing Homes

Burien Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Nursing Homes for 2012 & 2013.  Burien Nursing & Rehabilitation Center achieved a Five-Star rating as measured by the CMS (see Medicare.gov).

Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is proud to be an alarm free facility!

Several years ago, nursing homes staff came to understand the harmful effects of restraints and stopped using them. Restraints can cause a decline in a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By keeping people from moving, restraints adversely affect a person’s respiratory, digestive, circulatory, and muscular systems, contribute to depression and isolation.

Personal alarms are a restraint as they keep a person from moving. There is NO evidence to support alarms’ usefulness in preventing falls or injuries. In fact, in most cases, falls continue to occur. From a practical perspective, many residents dislike them and repeatedly hide or remove them, devices malfunction and if too many are in use the warning sound loses its effectiveness at alerting staff.

For residents, there can be numerous negative consequences to their quality of life and mobility:

  • Alarms create noise, fear and confusion for the person and those around them.
  • If staff tell the person to sit down when the alarm goes off, the underlying need causing them to want to move is not being addressed ( do they need toileting, are they in pain, are they stiff and uncomfortable from being in one position?)
  • Use of alarms decreases a person’s overall mobility. They become at more risk for fracture or fall since the person may have increased weakness and osteoporosis and decreased balance and endurance.
  • Alarms can be embarrassing and an infringement of freedom, dignity, and privacy.
  • Skin Breakdown can occur from being immobilized, and from being afraid to shift body position or body weight while sitting for prolonged periods of time or while lying in bed at night.
  • Sleep may be interrupted or even impossible when residents lie still for fear of setting off the alarm if they shift their position.
  • Loss of independent bowel and bladder function can occur.

Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center strives to provide compassionate skilled care. Safety always comes first with our patients. We have comprehensive fall prevention protocols in place that essentially eliminates alarms. We are committed to being a restraint-free care facility. If for some reason the resident is assessed to require a bed alarm or grab bars, the facility has equipment available.

We are happy to explain our safety procedures to any concerned patient and their family. Our Director of Community Relations, Nichole can be reached at 206-454-9186.