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5 Chicago nursing homes named best in the nation


U.S. News & World Report named five Chicago facilities the Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18, up from four last year.

  1. Swedish Covenant Hospital
  2. Astoria Place Living & Rehab
  3. Montgomery Place
  4. Selfhelp Home
  5. Community First Medical Center

all got top ratings from the magazine.

The nursing home report, which U.S. News launched in 2009, uses data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to rank nursing homes on factors including health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of medical care, with an emphasis on long-term performance consistency.

Seventy-six Illinois nursing homes received top marks this year, up from 63 last year. The magazine evaluated a total of 740 Illinois nursing homes.

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73 Illinois Nursing Homes Rated As Best In State: U.S. News

These Illinois nursing homes provide the absolute best care in the state, according to U.S. News.

By Shannon Antinori (Patch National Staff) – Updated Oct 31, 2017 1:12 pm ET

A new set of ratings places nearly 2,300 nursing homes in the United States as top care providers in the country for 2017-18. The “Nursing Home Finder,” released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report, evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes across the country to come up with the list of homes designated as the best.

To create the “Nursing Home Finder,” U.S. News used data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The nursing homes were rated “poor” to “top-performing” on a scale of 1 to 5.

In Illinois, 73 nursing homes made the list. U.S. News says nursing home performance was evaluated over time, averaging monthly data over a year and much emphasis was placed on strong performance in medical quality measures. To receive a high U.S. News rating, homes had to provide significantly more than the required minimum of rehabilitation therapy. All rated homes accept residents covered by Medicaid, Medicare or both. (You can read more about how U.S. News rates nursing homes here.)

The 73 Illinois nursing homes listed below were labeled as “top performing” and had overall ratings of 4.5 or greater:

  1. Pinecrest Manor, Mount Morris (5)
  2. Elmhurst Extended Care Center, Elmhurst (5)
  3. Eunice C. Smith Nursing Home, Alton (5)
  4. Farmington Country Manor, Farmington (5)
  5. Covenant Health Care Center, Batavia (5)
  6. Apostolic Christian Restmor, Morton (5)
  7. Shelbyville Manor, Shelbyville (5)
  8. Rolling Hills Manor, Zion (5)
  9. Hammond-Henry District Hospital, Geneseo (5)
  10. Fayetteville County Hospital, Vandalia (5)
  11. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Melrose Park (5)
  12. Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City (5)
  13. Trinity Medical Center West, Rock Island (5)
  14. Graham Hospital, Canton (5)
  15. Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago (5)
  16. Rush Oak Park Hospital Skilled Care Unit, Oak Park (5)
  17. Manorcare of Libertyville, Libertyville (5)
  18. Heartland of Henry, Henry (5)
  19. The Springs at Crystal Lake, Crystal Lake (5)
  20. Astoria Place Living and Rehab, Chicago (5)
  21. Avantara Park Ridge, Park Ridge (5)
  22. Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka, Eureka (5)
  23. Abington of Glenview Nursing, Glenview (5)
  24. Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville (5)
  25. Sherman West Court, Elgin (5)
  26. Apostolic Christian Home, Roanoke (5)
  27. The Whitehall North, Deerfield (5)
  28. Villa Health Care East, Sherman (5)
  29. Manor Court of Maryville, Maryville (5)
  30. Lutheran Home for the Aged, Arlington Heights (5)
  31. Montgomery Place, Chicago (5)
  32. Good Samaritan Society, Mount Carroll (5)
  33. Lincolnwood Place, Lincolnwood (5)
  34. Tabor Hills Health Care, Naperville (5)
  35. Miller Health Care Center, Kankakee (5)
  36. Alden Estates of Skokie, Skokie (5)
  37. Lake Forest Place, Lake Forest (5)
  38. Oakridge Healthcare Center, Hillside (5)
  39. Moorings of Arlington Heights, Arlington Heights (5)
  40. Self-Help Home of Chicago, Chicago (5)
  41. Mercy Harvard Hospital Care Center, Harvard (5)
  42. Heartland Christian Village, Neoga (5)
  43. Brookdale Plaza, Lisle (5)
  44. Mendota Lutheran Home, Mendota (5)
  45. Hawthorne Inn of Danville, Danville (5)
  46. Scott County Nursing Center, Winchester (5)
  47. Golden Good Shepherd Home, Golden (5)
  48. Assisi Healthcare of Clare Oaks, Bartlett (5)
  49. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton (5)
  50. Radford Green, Lincolnshire (5)
  51. Symphony of Hanover Park, Hanover Park (5)
  52. Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth (5)
  53. Greenfields of Geneva, Geneva (5)
  54. Victorian Village Health and Wellness, Homer Glen (5)
  55. St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly, Palatine (5)
  56. Heritage Square, Dixon (5)
  57. Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center, Rockford (5)
  58. Memorial Care Center, Belleville (4.9)
  59. Hitz Memorial Home, Alhambra (4.9)
  60. East Bank Center, LLC, Loves Park (4.9)
  61. Walker Nursing Home, Virginia (4.9)
  62. Meridian Village Care Center, Glen Carbon (4.9)
  63. Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana (4.8)
  64. Fairview Haven, Fairbury (4.8)
  65. Presence Nazarethville, Des Plaines (4.7)
  66. Community First Medical Center, Chicago (4.6)
  67. Manorcare of Elk Grove Village, Elk Grove Village (4.6)
  68. Regency Care of Sterling, Sterling (4.5)
  69. Lexington of Elmhurst, Elmhurst (4.5)
  70. Sunrise Skilled Nursing and Rehab, Virden (4.5)
  71. St. Patrick’s Residence, Naperville (4.5)
  72. Transitional Care of Arlington Heights, Arlington Heights (4.5)
  73. Sheldon Health Care Center, Sheldon (4.5)

The homes that received the designation of a best U.S. News nursing home for 2017-18 represent about 15 percent of all homes, according to the publication.

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County Nursing Home hit with Two Violations

The Champaign County Nursing Home was hit with two violations from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Both violations come after the deaths of two residents in the past year.

According to IDPH Communication Manager, Melaney Arnold, an “AA” violation was issued to the facility in response to a resident who committed suicide at the facility.

The other violation resulted from another resident death.

Melaney said this past June the resident was found unresponsive on the nursing home’s outdoor courtyard after being exposed to high temperatures for more than three hours.

“It’s a neglect situation,” Melaney said in regard to the second violation.

The fines for both violations total to $75,000.

Rockford nursing home cited for multiple violations


A Rockford nursing home is fined $25,000 after the state says it may have caused a resident’s death.

The Illinois Department of Public Health released its quarterly report of nursing home violations throughout the state.

Of the 23 nursing homes sited, one of them is the Forest City Rehab & Nursing Center in Rockford

Each facility is listed as a type “AA” or “A” violation of the Nursing Home Care Act. An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that may have caused a resident’s death. An “A” violation pertains to a condition where there is substantial probability death or serious mental or physical harm will result or has resulted. The Forest City Rehab & Nursing Center was cited with an “AA” violation.

Rockford nursing home cited for multiple violations

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Open wounds, maggots discovered on nursing home resident

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police said they are investigating an elder abuse case involving a patient at a local nursing home after a horrifying discovery.

According to a police report, the elderly resident of Ashton Place on Walnut Grove Road went to the hospital after he started running a high fever. Hospital workers told investigators and a social worker they discovered five open wounds to different parts of his body and a bruise to his stomach during treatment. He also had severe dry skin that was “flaking off his body.”

But that wasn’t all they found.

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Local nursing home faces lawsuit

CHENOA, IL – A nursing home in McLean County is facing a lawsuit after inappropriate photos of residents were posted on Facebook.

The Pantagraph reports residents at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, near Chenoa, say the facility failed to protect patients in the dementia care unit.

They say several pictures and a video of residents, including partial nudity, was posted on the web.

At the time of the incident the CEO of the nursing home said the person who posted the pictures was not associated with the facility. When they found out they immediately turned it over to the Illinois Department of Public Health and local law enforcement.

The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

Illinois Quarterly Nursing Home Report :: Jan. – Mar. 2017

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) routinely conduct surveys on nursing homes to determine if any facility has violated regulations in the Nursing Home Care Act. The state agency is responsible for certifying skilled nursing homes and ensuring that they remain in compliance with federal and state rules. To keep the public informed, the Public Health Department releases quarterly nursing home reports and publishes the results of inspections and enforcement actions taken against the facility to ensure that residents of the home are receiving quality care in accordance with the 180 regulatory standards.

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10 things to look for when picking a nursing home

By Teri Dreher
Having to choose a nursing home for a loved one is a daunting task. It’s an emotionally difficult time, and figuring out the financial piece can be overwhelming in itself.

Beyond that, it’s critical to pick a quality facility where your loved one will be happy and receive great care. So plan on visiting multiple facilities and taking your time there.

Be observant. Be unapologetic about asking questions. And be sure to do your background research.

1. High Medicare ratings

2. Few state-recorded complaints

3. Low staff turnover rates & patient/staff ratios

4. Low infection rates

5. Stable, experienced leadership

6. A quality rehabilitation staff/PT department

7. Praise from families of long-term patients

8. Healthy, delicious food and trained chef oversight

9. A family counsel group

10. Warm staff/patient interactions

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Nursing home sued for wrongful death, neglect had more complaints than area average

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OCTOBER 05, 2017 4:14 PM

A Granite City nursing home that is being sued for a wrongful death had a higher number of complaints than average for nursing homes in Madison and St. Clair counties, according to an analysis of Illinois Department of Public Health data compiled by the Belleville News-Democrat.

According to data available, the median number of complaints for the 61 nursing homes in St. Clair and Madison counties from 2011 to date is 19. Granite Nursing and Rehab Center had 46 complaints that were investigated since 2011.

Granite Nursing and Rehab didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Melaney Arnold, the spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said the department does not provide comparison of facilities, and does not comment on facilities as they are regulated.

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The Florida Nursing Home Disaster Could Have Happened Almost Anywhere

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Many of America’s nursing homes are unprepared for catastrophes like Hurricane Irma.

By Travis Waldron

Many of America’s roughly 15,600 nursing homes are unprepared for disasters like Hurricane Irma, which recently killed 11 elderly patients in South Florida after the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power.

“This could have happened anywhere,” Lori Smetanka, the executive director of National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, told HuffPost. “It could have been any type of emergency or disaster.”

Most nursing homes comply with federal and state regulations that govern them. But some don’t: Federal regulators have cited at least 2,300 facilities for violations of emergency preparedness regulations in the past two years alone, according to a Kaiser Health News review of federal records. And weak or poorly enforced regulations have left many nursing homes with potentially deadly problems: not enough staff, lack of backup generators and automatic sprinkler systems, and shaky plans for evacuating residents and getting them to new facilities when a disaster strikes.

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