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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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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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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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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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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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Nursing Home, Franciscan St. James Sued

The administrator of the estate of a patient at Applewood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Matteson claims inadequate supervision.

By Tim Moran (Patch Staff) – Updated Sep 28, 2017 12:14 pm ET

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL — A Matteson nursing home has been sued on allegations a client experienced pain as a result of having developed pressure sores there. An estate administrator for a patient there filed a lawsuit last month in Cook County Circuit Court naming Applewood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Franciscan St. James Health – Chicago Heights, according to an account from the Cook County Record.

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More than half of the residents in Illinois nursing homes

have their care paid for by Medicaid.

If you think this federal/state program is only for poor people, consider this: More than half of the residents in Illinois nursing homes have their care paid for by Medicaid.

You may be one of those poor people one day if you end up in a nursing home or needing long-term care.

Nationally, Medicaid covers 60 percent of nursing home patients, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

Today, you may have the income, savings and investments to count yourself in the middle class. After a few years of paying for a nursing home, you may run through your money – and after a lifetime of working and thrift you may end up a low-income senior in desperate need of the Medicaid safety net to pay your long-term care expenses.

“Illinois cannot absorb additional financial burdens that would be imposed on the state and would be forced to reduce eligibility, covered services and payments to providers,” the Illinois Health and Hospital Association said in statement. “The magnitude of these cuts and changes to Medicaid is staggering.”

The group represents about 200 hospitals and about 50 health care systems in Illinois.

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How to choose the right nursing home


WSIL — The shocking deaths of eight people at a Florida nursing home this week, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, raises questions about the safety of nursing homes across the country.

How do you make sure your loved one doesn’t end up in a nursing home that could put them in danger?

Carol Aronson, the director of the social service division at Shawnee Health Service, said the first thing is to look for resources in your area.

In Illinois, hospitals social workers or care managers can provide a list of nursing homes in the community and the services they provide.

Aronson said talk with doctors, nurses, co-workers, clergy and friends to get their opinions of nursing homes in the area.

How to choose the right nursing home