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Blacks Receive Inferior Care At Most Nursing Homes

A very informative, and frankly disheartening, investigative article on race in Chicago Nursing Homes was recently published in The Chicago Reporter.  The article’s author, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, concluded that black nursing home residents received inferior care compared to their counterparts in predominately white facilities– even when the facilities were owned by the same person.

Lowenstein analyzed the care rendered to residents at Alden Nursing Home, a well known chain of Chicago facilities owned by Floyd Schlossberg.  Lowenstein obviously did his homework, he analyzed data from: the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website, staffing levels on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Nursing Home Compare) and racial composition data from the Department of Community Health at Brown University.

The research conducted by Lowenstein, reveals the following disparities between predominately black v. predominately white nursing homes:

  • Each of the three predominantly black facilities received the lowest possible rating in 2009 from Nursing Home Compare, a federal database to evaluate nursing homes that are Medicare- and Medicaid-certified. Less than half of Schlossberg’s 16 predominantly white facilities received that same rating.
  • Two facilities received the highest ratings. At both facilities, located in Evanston and Skokie, at least 84 percent of the residents were white.
  • Residents at Schlossberg’s predominantly black homes received much less staff time than residents of his predominantly white facilities. For example, residents at Alden Estates of Evanston received an average of 5.53 hours of care per day, compared with 2.04 hours at the Greater Grand Crossing facility and 1.73 hours at the Heather Health Care Center in Harvey, which are both predominantly black. The combined total of daily care given at the three, predominantly-black homes was just 19 minutes more each day than the time at the predominantly-white facility in Evanston.
  • Sclossberg’s predominately black facilities has three times as many lawsuits filed against them as half of other Chicago nursing homes.

I hope the public will put pressure on Schlossberg to raise standards in all of his facilities.  Why should the quality of care be based on race?

Resources:

Disparate Nursing Home Care, by Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Map Of Alden Nursing Homes and racial composition, from The Chicago Reporter

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See the Alden facilities below:

ALDEN OF WATERFORD

2021 RANDI DRIVE AURORA 60505 County: Kane Predominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.74

2021 RANDI DRIVE

AURORA 60505

County: Kane

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.74

ALDEN ESTATES OF BARRINGTON

1420 SOUTH BARRINGTON ROAD BARRINGTON 60010 County: LakePredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.59

1420 SOUTH BARRINGTON ROAD

BARRINGTON 60010

County: Lake

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.59

ALDEN VALLEY RIDGE REHAB & HCC

275 EAST ARMY TRAIL ROAD BLOOMINGDALE 60108 County: DuPagePredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 1.93

275 EAST ARMY TRAIL ROAD

BLOOMINGDALE 60108

County: DuPage

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 1.93

ALDEN WENTWORTH REHAB & HCC

201 WEST 69TH STREET CHICAGO 60621 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: Black Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.04

201 WEST 69TH STREET

CHICAGO 60621

County: Cook

Predominant Race of Residents: Black

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.04

ALDEN PRINCETON REHAB & HCC

255 WEST 69TH STREET CHICAGO 60621 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: Black Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.08

255 WEST 69TH STREET

CHICAGO 60621

County: Cook

Predominant Race of Residents: Black

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.08

ALDEN NORTHMOOR REHAB & HCC

5831 NORTH NORTHWEST HIGHWAY CHICAGO 60631 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.37

5831 NORTH NORTHWEST HIGHWAY

CHICAGO 60631

County: Cook

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.37

ALDEN LAKELAND REHAB & HCC

820 WEST LAWRENCE CHICAGO 60640 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: Mixed Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.46

820 WEST LAWRENCE

CHICAGO 60640

County: Cook

Predominant Race of Residents: Mixed

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.46

ALDEN LINCOLN REHAB & H C CTR

504 WEST WELLINGTON AVENUE CHICAGO 60657 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.04

504 WEST WELLINGTON AVENUE

CHICAGO 60657

County: Cook

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.04

ALDEN TOWN MANOR REHAB & HCC

6120 WEST OGDEN CICERO 60804 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: Mixed Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.47

6120 WEST OGDEN

CICERO 60804

County: Cook

Predominant Race of Residents: Mixed

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.47

ALDEN DES PLAINES REHAB & HC

1221 EAST GOLF ROAD DES PLAINES 60016 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.65

1221 EAST GOLF ROAD

DES PLAINES 60016

County: Cook

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.65

ALDEN ESTATES OF EVANSTON

2520 GROSS POINT ROAD EVANSTON 60201 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 5.53

2520 GROSS POINT ROAD

EVANSTON 60201

County: Cook

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 5.53

HEATHER HEALTH CARE CENTER

15600 SOUTH HONORE STREET HARVEY 60426 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: Black Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 1.73

15600 SOUTH HONORE STREET

HARVEY 60426

County: Cook

Predominant Race of Residents: Black

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 1.73

ALDEN POPLAR CREEK REHAB & HCC

1545 BARRINGTON ROAD HOFFMAN ESTATES 60194 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.26

1545 BARRINGTON ROAD

HOFFMAN ESTATES 60194

County: Cook

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.26

ALDEN LONG GROVE REHAB &HC CTR

BOX 2308 RFD HICKS ROAD LONG GROVE 60047 County: LakePredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.78

BOX 2308 RFD HICKS ROAD

LONG GROVE 60047

County: Lake

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.78

ALDEN TERRACE OF MCHENRY REHAB

803 ROYAL DRIVE MCHENRY 60050 County: McHenryPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.2

803 ROYAL DRIVE

MCHENRY 60050

County: McHenry

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.2

ALDEN NAPERVILLE REHAB & HCC

1525 SOUTH OXFORD LANE NAPERVILLE 60565 County: DuPagePredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 1.89

1525 SOUTH OXFORD LANE

NAPERVILLE 60565

County: DuPage

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 1.89

ALDEN ORLAND PARK REHAB & HCC

16450 SOUTH 97TH AVENUE ORLAND PARK 60462 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.92

16450 SOUTH 97TH AVENUE

ORLAND PARK 60462

County: Cook

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.92

ALDEN ALMA NELSON MANOR

550 SOUTH MULFORD AVENUE ROCKFORD 61108 County: Winnebago Predominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.03

550 SOUTH MULFORD AVENUE

ROCKFORD 61108

County: Winnebago

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.03

ALDEN PARK STRATHMOOR

5668 STRATHMOOR DRIVE ROCKFORD 61107 County: WinnebagoPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.54

5668 STRATHMOOR DRIVE

ROCKFORD 61107

County: Winnebago

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.54

ALDEN ESTATES OF SKOKIE

4660 OLD ORCHARD ROAD SKOKIE 60076 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: N/A

4660 OLD ORCHARD ROAD

SKOKIE 60076

County: Cook

Predominant Race of Residents: White

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: N/A

ALDEN NORTH SHORE REHAB & HCC

5050 WEST TOUHY AVENUE SKOKIE 60077  

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