Only one out of eight Illinois nursing homes rated 4 or more stars have received a violation in the first quarter of 2013.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 05, 2013
The Caregiverlist Nursing Home Directory includes a custom star-rating system rating nursing homes based on the most important criteria from the health inspection reports and including the daily costs of a private and shared nursing home room. Nursing home violations have now been added to the directory for the state of Illinois.
Only one out of eight Illinois nursing homes rated 4-Stars to 5-Stars on Caregiverlist.com have received a violation during the first quarter of 2013. Thus, a high nursing home rating by Caregiverlist does not always mean violation-free. Swansea Rehab Health Center of Swansea, IL, rated 5-Stars, received a Type “B” violation relating to the area of nursing.
Caregiverlist.com provides the daily costs and ratings of all nursing homes nationwide and bases the ratings from the health inspection reports tracked by Medicare, and conducted usually at least annually but more frequently when inspectors are concerned with quality.
Nursing homes in Illinois total 795. Of those, Caregiverlist.com rates the Illinois nursing homes based on the following information from the health inspection reports which can be used as a starting point when evaluating a nursing home:
-Overall Medicare Star Rating
-Percentage of Short-stay Residents with Pressure Sores
-Certified Nursing Aide (C.N.A.) Hours-per-Resident
-Percentage of Long-term Residents Whose Need for Help with Daily Activities has Increased
Caregiverlist.com provides the daily price for nursing homes, for both single and double rooms, along with ownership information and acceptance of Medicare and Medicaid as payment. Although the Caregiverlist ratings include Medicare rating, Medicare does not take into account the nursing home violations issued by Illinois Department of Health each quarter.
The Caregiverlist Illinois nursing home ratings resulted in 11 nursing homes rated 1-star and 12 nursing homes rated 4 to 5-stars, with the majority of the nursing homes receiving between a 2 and 3-star rating. Of the nursing homes rating 4-Stars or more, cost of a single bed range from $135 to $342.
Elder care costs continue to be the top concern for aging seniors which makes price an important factor in the selection of a nursing home. According to Caregiverlist's data analysis on the 795 nursing homes in Illinois, high ratings do not always mean high prices; Swansea Rehab Health Center is a 5-Star rated nursing home with single rooms starting at $135.
The inspectors of the Illinois Department of Public Health examine nursing homes once every six to 15 months to make sure the homes reach a standard quality. If one files a complaint, inspectors investigate the nursing home and a violation may be recorded which is separate from the Medicare health inspection report star-ratings.
The Illinois Department of Health inspector labels nursing home violations on a scale from A to L. According to the Illinois 2013 report for January though March, nursing homes who did receive a violation did not fall anywhere under a Type B, with the least offensive violations being an A, then progressing through the alphabet to label more serious infractions.
Illinois nursing home regulations reflect federal regulations if the home receives Medicare or Medicaid. The list of must-haves in the federal nursing home regulations is extensive, making the Caregiverlist star-ratings system more user-friendly by highlighting the top-line criteria for review.
As nursing home star-rating performance ranges from a 1-star to 5-star in ratings, the violations may take place regardless of the star-rating level. One of Caregiverlist’s 5-Star rated nursing homes has a violation this quarter, where as a 1-Star rated nursing home, Fox River Pavillion of Aurora, Illinois, has no violations this quarter.
Searching for the right nursing home can be an exhausting and extensive search. As nursing homes have become an extension of hospital care for seniors, providing rehabilitation services, ongoing care for age-related illnesses and hospice care, reviewing nursing home ratings should be a priority in order to receive quality senior care.
Caregiverlist.com is the premier service connecting seniors and professional caregivers with the most reliable senior care options, highest quality ratings and outstanding careers nationwide. Founded by senior care professionals, Caregiverlist.com brings the efficiencies of the internet to senior care companies by providing online job application pre-qualification forms, caregiver training and industry news. Seniors and caregivers can access senior service information “by state,” view nursing home costs and star-ratings and learn about all senior care options and quality standards on Caregiverlist.com. For more information, please visit http://www.caregiverlist.com.