Berkshire Center

(866) 653-9337

5501 Perkiomen Ave, READING, PA


Services

  • Nursing Home

Payment Options

  • Medicare Yes
  • Medicaid Yes
  • Veteran's Benefits No
  • Long Term Care Insurance Yes
  • Subsidy Available No
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5501 PERKIOMEN AVE
READING
PA
19601
USA
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03/08/2016  -  An OurParents User Writes:

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    02/01/2016  -  An OurParents User Writes:

    We have more than 2 loved ones at Berkshire Center over the course of 5 to 6 years. They are the finest, most caring Center we could find in the area, consistent care, same staff every day, Nurse Practitioner and MD.
    Reviews are reviews, and, nothing is perfect, especially when, yes, most people do not want to be in a nursing home, or hospital, or anywhere but home for that matter. Some of the reviews are pretty far off--makes one wonder of the reviewers even had their loved one in the Center at all. With the regulations in healthcare these days, and, from what my personal experiences have been at Berkshire Center, it is very hard to believe that any patient was basically ignored as some of the reviews suggest. Some serious red flags about this web site--one is that the phone number listed by this site is completely wrong as well, that's not even the correct phone number, so, anyone truly needing a Nursing Home for short term rehab, or long term nursing care, might want to check out the Center personally, or go to a more reputable website.

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    02/15/2013  -  An OurParents User Writes:

    Every day my friends and I have been visiting our childhood friend who is dying, We feel she does't belong here because she is dying and is not getting the care, comfort and attention that someone who is dying should get. She left alone for hours. When she is given the inhaler, the nurse walks out and doesn't check on her. One time my friend happened to walk in on our friend and she was trying to take the apparatus apart. Our friend has fallen at least three times thar we know about and has several large bumps and bruises on her forehead and back of head. Her back of head bled at one time. Her daughter insisted on a CAT scan but we do not know if one was done and what the results are. On one of the falls, she has a huge bruise and her leg.
    Her neighbor in the room told us that within a few days several of her items were either lost or stolen. When she returned one day from dialysis, her expensive sheepskin blanket was missing and no one could find it. She said another time after her shower they could not find her clothes. No one knows what happened to them. She also said her personal diapers were taken one night while she slept. She was told that each patient was only allowed to have two diapers. Being on dialysis, she cannot have dairy products but they brought her a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. She's also asked for Italian ice since ice cream is offered and she can't have it. But I doubt she ever got it. She also mentioned that ringing for help takes about 45 to 50 minutes for someone to respond.



    11/21/2012  -  An OurParents User Writes:

    Berkshire Center is an average sized, for profit, nursing home with 130 beds based in Reading, PA. At last check, the facility had 124 residents indicating that it is 95% occupied which is about average within the state of Pennsylvania. The provider accepts both medicare and medicaid programs, and provides resident counseling services.
    This nursing home is not located in a hospital or a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). As of November 2012, the medicare rating for Berkshire Center, was 4 stars, which is a better rating than 82% of nursing homes in Pennsylvania. Important to note that this facility has recently improved and has gone from 2 stars to 4 stars.
    We have compared the detailed Medicare data for Berkshire Center with other senior care providers in Pennsylvania. When compare to the state averages for staffing, the number of registered nurse (RN) hours per resident per day is about average; Certified nursing assistant (CNA) hours per resident per day is about average; The number of licensed practical (LPN) or vocational nurse hours per resident per day is about average. The most recent health inspection was on 09/21/2012.
    To view the full report for this facility, and to understand more about its Medicare rating, go to here



    04/10/2012  -  An OurParents User Writes:

    This is the worst place you could send your loved one. My mother went into this place for rehab and was expected to come home shortly only to see her die a couple days later. The nursing staff are clueless. They treated my mother like a second class citizen. The nurses, the doctors, and the aides were terrible. STAY AWAY!!!




    Description of Berkshire Center in READING, PA

    Number of Beds : 130

    If you are seeking in-home care services for a family member or a loved one, Berkshire Center has a highly trained staff of professionals available every day. Care professionals help seniors with personal care, daily activities, and respite. This facility also provides assisted living, in-home care and rehab. The assisted living program at Berkshire Center offers the same exciting life enrichment activities and freedom as that of the independent living residents, but seniors in assisted living receive an added layer of care and security. When they need a reliable hand with services like bathing, dressing, and taking medicine properly, it is there for them. Assisted living communities have many benefits. Research suggests that seniors who live near their peers and have a variety of social activities feel a greater sense of well-being. With assisted living, you'll enjoy senior-friendly apartments and a busy social calendar. Other services you'll find include around-the-clock supervision and security, access to professional nurses, emergency call systems, help with daily living, and nutritious meals prepared by chefs. These communities typically provide housekeeping, laundry, transportation, and a calendar of social events. In-home care is there for seniors when they need it. A skilled staff of professionals come to you. This choice is perfect for those who prefer to stay in their homes but who need some help with the daily activities of living. These services, available 24 hours a day, every day, are paid for by the individual or through public and private funding sources, such as Medicare and/or Medicaid. Home care offers many medical and non-medical support services. There are two types of home care providers. The first is a skilled service provider, usually licensed nurses and therapists, who can address various medical concerns or rehabilitation needs. The second, more common, type of in-home care is supplied by an aide who can provide companionship and emotional support as well as assist with daily activities, including grooming, meal prep, and transportation. In-home care allows seniors to stay as independent as possible in their own homes. The help you'll find at assisted living communities is offered when you need it, with the goal of supplying the support services required to stay as self-sufficient as possible. In-home care is there when you or a loved one needs it. Care professionals will bring their expertise and experience to your home. This choice is perfect for those who want to stay in their homes but who need some help with the daily activities of living. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, services are paid by the client or by a variety of public and private sources, such as Medicare and/or Medicaid. Call today for help with finding your ideal home at Berkshire Center.

    Source: OurParents.com

    Amenities

    Parking & Transportation
    • Guest Parking
    Security
    • 24 Hour Up and Awake Staff
    • Emergency In-Room Call System
    • Fire Sprinkler System
    Personal Assistance
    • Activities of Daily Living (bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, etc.)
    • Sitting, Standing, Walking
    • Toileting
    • Medication Management
    On-Site Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Speech Therapy

    Demographic Profile for READING, PA, 19601

    People

    Male Population
    48.84%
    Female Population
    51.16%
    Median Age
    31 Years
    Average Household Income
    $27,234

    Cost Of Living
    Compared to the National Average

    Overall
    24% Below
    Cost of Food
    1% Below
    Utilities
    12% Above
    Miscellaneous
    2% Above

    Environment
    Provided By EPA; Closer to 100 is better

    Air Quality
    25.3 / 100
    Water Quality
    40 / 100
    Superfund Sites
    10 / 100
    Physicians per 100k
    164.8

    Annual Crime

    Violent Crimes
    7
    Property Crimes
    6