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Learning About Your Nursing Home: Medicare Ratings- Part 1

A few days ago we discussed how to access basic ownership and logistical information on specific nursing homes via the Medicare website.  I received several emails from blog readers who asked me to elaborate on other information that can be obtained while searching on the site.

Medicare’s site now allows readers to access specific information about facilities simply by ‘clicking’ on the specific facility (assuming you have searched for a facilities in a chain). Accessing specific facilities allows the following information to be readily obtained for the prior three-year period.

  • Overall rating (on 5-star scale)
  • Health inspections (on 5-star scale)
  • Total number of deficiencies
  • Nursing home staffing levels (on 5-star scale)
  • Registered nurse (RN) staffing levels (on five star scale)
  • Total time spent that staff spend with patients each day
  • Number of fire safety inspections

While the above information can must be accessed by each facility individually, I would suggest that the webmasters begin to consider making this information accessible on one page (like we did below) to make the comparison of nursing home a bit easier— as opposed to flip-flopping back and forth.

For explanation purposes, we have collaborated all of the above information on ManorCare facilities in Illinois into the chart below.

MEDICARE NURSING HOME COMPARISON 1 

ManorCare 

Facility 

Overall Rating 

Health Inspections 

Total # of Deficiencies 

Nursing Home Staffing 

RN Staff Only 

Total # of Licensed Nurse Staff Hours/Resident/Day 

Fire Safety Inspections 

Arlington Heights 

3/5 

3/5 

5 

3/5 

5/5 

1 hour, 39 minutes 

3 

Elgin 

4/5 

3/5 

4 

4/5 

5/5 

1 hour, 41 minutes 

0 

Elk Grove Village 

4/5 

3/5 

4 

4/5 

5/5 

1 hour, 42 minutes 

1 

Highland Park 

3/5 

2/5 

14 

4/5 

5/5 

1 hour, 40 minutes 

1 

Hinsdale 

4/5 

4/5 

2 

2/5 

3/5 

1 hour, 44 minutes 

10 

Homewood 

2/5 

2/5 

7 

2/5 

4/5 

1 hour, 35 minutes 

2 

Kankakee 

1/5 

2/5 

1 

1/5 

2/5 

1 hour, 1 minute 

8 

Libertyville 

2/5 

1/5 

14 

4/5 

5/5 

1 hour, 40 minutes 

3 

Naperville 

3/5 

3/5 

6 

2/5 

4/5 

1 hour, 36 minutes 

8 

Northbrook 

3/5 

3/5 

8 

3/5 

5/5 

1 hour, 25 minutes 

11 

Oak Lawn East 

4/5 

4/5 

1 

2/5 

4/5 

1 hour, 47 minutes 

2 

Oak Lawn West 

3/5 

3/5 

6 

2/5 

4/5 

1 hour, 44 minutes 

7 

Palos Heights East 

3/5 

3/5 

12 

2/5 

4/5 

1 hour, 32 minutes 

3 

Palos Heights West 

4/5 

4/5 

2 

2/5 

4/5 

1 hour, 33 minutes 

1 

Rolling Meadows 

3/5 

2/5 

8 

4/5 

5/5 

1 hour, 41 minutes 

4 

South Holland 

3/5 

3/5 

4 

3/5 

4/5 

1 hour, 42 minutes 

1 

Westmont 

3/5 

2/5 

10 

4/5 

5/5 

1 hour, 50 minutes 

7 

Wilmette 

3/5 

3/5 

8 

2/5 

3/5 

1 hour, 19 minutes 

3 

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