Nursing Home Spotlight: Washington Heights / Southpoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Nursing Home Spotlight: Washington Heights The Southpoint Nursing and Rehab Center is a large 228 bed nursing home located in Chicago, IL. According to the government’s Medicare website, the facility received only one out of five stars, which is a much below average rating.

The facility received only two out of five stars for health inspections, which is a below average rating. In the past year, the nursing home had 17 health deficiencies, which is 9 more than the average number of health deficiencies in Illinois and in the United States. This is down one from the 18 health deficiencies in the previous year.

Nursing homes must meet the Requirements for States and Long Term Care Facilities outlined in 42 CFR Part 483. Pursuant to this statute, the nursing home has an obligation to provide a safe and secure facility for its residents and to provide proper care and supervision to achieve and maintain the highest level of well-being for its residents. According to survey reports the facility received violations for failing to:

  • Give each resident care and services to achieve or maintain the highest quality of life possible
  • Ensure that residents who cannot care for themselves receive help with eating/drinking, grooming, and hygiene.
  • Make sure that the nursing home area is free of dangers that cause accidents

According to survey reports, the facility failed to ensure that a resident, who relied on nursing home staff for all activities of daily living, received the necessary care and services to maintain good personal and oral hygiene. Proper hygiene is important in nursing home settings to prevent illness and infection. This is especially important for elderly residents who often times have compromised or weakened immune systems from underlying disease or illness.

The facility also failed to develop comprehensive care plans for safe and appropriate physical activity for two residents who developed a physical relationship while living in the facility. The residents did not have a care plan for safe and appropriate physical activity, nor did the care plans address safe sex issues.

The female resident suffered from diminished mental capacity; according to the attending physician, she is unable to make decisions for herself and cannot consent to consensual sex. The facility also failed to provide adequate supervision for the female mentally handicapped resident; this failure resulted in the resident being inappropriately touched by another male resident.

The facility also failed to provide adequate housekeeping and maintenance services in order to provide a clean, sanitary, and orderly resident environment. A site survey revealed that there were heavily soiled rugs with odors on one of the floors, unscreened open exit doors, unsanitary storage of residents’ personal items, expired care equipment stored with unexpired care equipment, and broken and unclean care equipment.

Southpoint received only one out of five stars for nursing home staffing. The facility has 188 total residents, compared to the national average of 94.7 and the Illinois average of 103.9. Each resident received 1 hour 8 minutes of nursing home staff time per day, which is less than the Illinois average (1 hour 12 minutes) and less than the national average (1 hour 24 minutes).

This one-star rated facility has many deficiencies, which might be a troubling sign that nursing home residents might not be receiving the proper care and attention they need and deserve.

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Sources:

Medicare website

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