Nursing homes pushing out more poor and disabled patients

Anita Willis says the social worker offered her a painful choice: She could either leave the San Jose, Calif., nursing home where she’d spent a month recovering from a stroke — or come up with $336 a day to stay on.

She had until midnight to decide.

Willis’ Medicaid managed-care plan had told the home that it was cutting off payment because she no longer qualified for such a high level of care. If Willis, 58, stayed and paid the daily rate, her Social Security disability money would run out in three days. But if she left, she had nowhere to go. She’d recently become homeless after a breakup and said she couldn’t even afford a room-and-board setting.

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Illinois Jury Awards $5M to Nurse Fired After Reporting Alleged Abuse

A central Illinois jury has awarded $5.2 million to a nurse who claims she was fired from a nursing home after reporting alleged abuse.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Katrina Wesemann worked as a licensed practical nurse at a Dwight facility in 2012 when she was fired. She alleges she was let go because she wouldn’t follow a director’s orders to increase dosages of anti-anxiety medication to agitated residents and refused to change or omit records of suspicious injuries.

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Woman Stole Thousands From Elderly Nursing Home Patient: Police

The woman allegedly stole between $5k – $50k from an elderly person at a North Aurora long-term care facility.

By Caitlin Ketel,

AURORA, IL — A Joliet woman accused of taking money from an elderly victim at a North Aurora long-term care facility was arrested by Illinois State Police Wednesday. Mary E. Pfingston, also known as Mary McMillan, 41, was indicted Tuesday on charges of financial exploitation of the elderly, theft, and three counts of public contractor misconduct, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

According to prosecutors, between between February and April of 2015, Pfingston used her position of trust to steal between $5,000 and $50,000 from an elderly resident at the facilty.

Illinois State Police, who are still investigating the incident, said in a press release that Pfingston is a former employee of Senior Services Associates, a State of Illinois contractor. She served as a long-term care ombudsman for a patient who resided at a North Aurora assisted living facility.

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Champaign man found guilty of molesting 90-year-old at nursing home

URBANA — A Champaign man who denied touching an elderly woman with dementia at a Champaign care facility is headed to prison for as many as 60 years following a jury finding that he molested her.

A Champaign County jury took three hours to reject Dontrell Netter’s assertions that he never crossed the threshhold of the 90-year-old woman’s room at Bickford Cottage, 1002 S. Staley Road, in July 2015.

The jury convicted Netter, 24, whose last known local address was in the 2300 block of Southmoor Drive, of aggravated criminal sexual assault, attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual assault.

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Former Woodstock nursing home employee says workers violated Illinois Whistleblower Act

Lawsuit: Former Hearthstone Communities worker says she was fired after reporting abuse

WOODSTOCK – A lawsuit filed by a former Woodstock senior living center worker accuses the business of firing her for trying to report abuse disclosed by a patient.

Juana Walsh is suing Christian Living Communities and Hearthstone Communities for more than $75,000 in money damages and the reinstatement of her job.

The lawsuit, filed Nov. 30 in McHenry County court, comes exactly one year after Walsh was fired from her job at Hearthstone Communities, 920 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock.

The suit names two employees – facility Administrator Joni K. Fisher and Director of Nursing Patricia A. Birks – who Walsh believes violated the Illinois Whistleblower and Nursing Home Care acts after firing her for reporting the abuse.

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Understaffing at Nursing Homes Can Lead to Neglect

Nursing homes or assisted living facilities are often a transitional step for the elderly after they stop living independently at home but before they enter a skilled nursing facility. Although the number of nursing homes is booming, oversight of these facilities is very limited, and the regulations governing them vary state by state. This lack of uniformity is also evidence in how nursing homes are funded: 43 states, including Illinois, allow Medicaid funds to be used to pay for assisted living care, but the specific services that are funded vary across states. Facilities in the remaining states are entirely private pay, which often leads to facility management making decisions about resident acceptance and retention with an eye toward increasing income over improving resident care. Many corporate nursing homes use a system that assigns points to each resident to quantify the amount of care the resident requires based on individual assessments. Facilities can use these individual assessments to estimate how much daily staff time must be devoted to each resident and the aggregate amount of time needed for all residents on any given day. This point system can be used as evidence that a facility management knew their staffing was inadequate to meet the residents’ needs.

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Guest column: Rights of nursing home residents important

Residents of nursing homes and licensed assisted living homes have rights as persons worthy of dignity, respect and autonomy. These rights are guaranteed under federal and state laws. Educating yourself about these rights is the first step to protecting yourself or your loved one.

Every resident in long-term care has basic rights to self-determination and freedom of choice. A partial list of those rights are:

Guest column: Rights of nursing home residents important

Pinecrest Manor named Best Nursing Home

MOUNT MORRIS — Pinecrest Manor recently was named a Best Nursing Home for 2017-18 by the U.S. News & World Report.

To create the list, U.S. News drew on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.

There were 73 nursing homes in Illinois labeled as “top performing.” U.S. News and World Report evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide to create the list, which represents about 15 percent of all nursing homes.

Pinecrest Manor named Best Nursing Home

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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