In a survey of 978 people with a family member in a nursing home, Care.com found that the decision to send a loved one to a nursing home was a ‘difficult one’ for 71% of survey participants.
Over a quarter of respondents reported their feelings towards their loved one’s care in a nursing home as either “dissatisfied” or “neither satisfied nor dissatisfied.”
The survey also asked respondents to describe how often they visited their loved one in a nursing home and what prevented them from being able to visit more often. The majority of respondents (57%) said their job was the primary reason they were unable to spend more time with a family member in a nursing home.
But one of the biggest takeaways from the Care.com report was the rank of nursing homes according to their overall quality score from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Nursing Home Compare quality rating site. Based on CMS’s quality measures, Illinois scores 3.18 out of 5 stars, meaning the overall nursing home quality is just “Average.” It also places us in the bottom 10 of nursing homes in the United States.
Illinois Nursing Homes Among the Worst
CMS’s 5 stars are described as “Much Above Average” (5 stars), “Above Average” (4 stars), “Average” (3 stars), “Below Average” (2 stars), and “Much Below Average” (1 star).
Of the 725 Illinois nursing homes:
- 261 nursing homes are rated “Below Average” or “Much Below Average”
- 337 nursing homes are scored “Much Above Average” or “Above Average”
- 127 nursing homes are rated “Average”
The other states that rounded out the bottom 10 were:
- Texas — 2.68
- Oklahoma — 2.76
- Louisiana — 2.8
- Kentucky — 2.98
- Georgia — 3.01
- New Mexico — 3.07
- North Carolina — 3.07
- Missouri — 3.12
- West Virginia — 3.15
- Illinois — 3.18
Researching Your Loved Ones Nursing Home
As anyone who has found themselves in these shoes will tell you, deciding to place a loved one in a nursing home and choosing which nursing facility will become their home is one of the most hardest and most emotional choices one will ever make in their lifetime. The news that our state’s nursing homes are among the worst is a sobering reminder that the initial decision is not only tough, but also requires vigilance throughout a loved one’s stay. With many loved ones reporting that they can’t be at the nursing home as often as they’d like, that leaves opportunities for nursing homes to get away with substandard care and maltreatment of their residents.
It is important for loved ones to stay informed of the care their loved one is receiving in a nursing home by asking questions of both the staff and their loved one, by talking to other family members visiting their loved ones, through surprise visits, and by using ratings, rankings, and nursing home violations lists available through federal and state entities.
- To find out the CMS quality rating of your loved ones nursing home, please click here.
- To find Illinois’ most recent nursing home violations list (through the Illinois Department of Public Health or IDPH), click here.
Levin & Perconti is On Your Side
Looking after family members in a nursing home seems relatively easy. After all, aren’t they there to receive round-the-clock care from a competent, caring team? However, as Care.com pointed out, jobs, families, and life in general gets in the way of us spending the time we’d like with a loved one in a nursing home. There is only so much one can do to ensure their loved one is receiving the best possible care. While the last thing anyone wants to think about is abuse or neglect of a loved one in the very place they entrusted with their care, we know that it happens.
Illinois’ ranking in the bottom ten of states for nursing home quality shows us all that our state needs to do better by our elderly loved ones. 36% of our nursing homes shouldn’t rank “Much Below Average or “Below Average,” but yet these low ratings have persisted for years.
If you suspect any injury resulting from neglect or abuse at your loved one’s Illinois nursing home, contact the attorneys of Levin & Perconti now at 1-877-374-1417 or by completing our online case evaluation form for a free consultation. With over half a billion dollars recovered for our clients, let our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys put more than 150 years of combined experience in successfully fighting Illinois nursing homes to work for you.