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Brand New Nursing Homes Doesn’t Always Mean Better Care

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Community Members Wait in Angst Over Champaign County Nursing Home Sale 

Residents and community leaders in Champaign County have had a lot to say about the $11 million sale of a financially challenged nursing home to private control under Extended Care Clinical LLC and Altitude Health Services Inc., both headquartered in Evanston. Board members say current funds are insufficient to cover nursing home operations, but a sale would essentially restore the nursing home to its original 12-month budget. Most people in the Champaign County community remain concerned about the sale to this particular buyer and would rather have it stay a county owned facility. The purchasers have already licensed care under a different name, a tactic most for-profit or private care companies will do to minimize any lasting stigmas in poor reputations.

“The proposed project contemplates the transfer of operational control of the nursing home from Champaign County to University Rehabilitation Center of C-U LLC and transfer of the physical plant to University Rehab Real Estate LLC,” according to the application. “Upon approval by the Illinois Health Facilities and Service Review Board, University Rehabilitation Center of C-U LLC will apply to the Illinois Department of Public Health to become the licensee, necessitating a change of ownership.”

The group’s application will likely be considered at the next session of the board on October 30. Voters gave the county board authority to sell Champaign County Nursing Home last year.

For-Profit Nursing Homes Have Highest Profits, More Problems

A 2017 investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that for-profit nursing homes, such as the Champaign County purchaser, have the highest profit margins, but the lowest staffing ratios compared to nonprofit and government run facilities. Nursing homes that are a part of a chain or network of nursing homes are the biggest offenders, with 19 percent higher profit margins than their counterparts. These for-profit homes spend less money on not only staffing, but on expenses related to indirect patient care. Examples of indirect patient care include things like:

  • medical supplies
  • maintenance and housekeeping of the facility
  • continuing education for nursing and clinical staff
  • resident nutrition
  • additional rehabilitation services

The worrisome attitudes coming from the Champaign community are right on. News of for-profit nursing home companies lacking in trained staff and quality patient care aren’t hard to find for those who have been involved in preserving and protecting the rights of America’s elderly. But for anyone who is just considering a nursing home, currently has a loved one residing in a facility, or has lost someone who was a nursing home resident, these stories and for-profit care revelations will likely cause unease.

As always, the nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti encourage you to consider your options when making such a life-changing decision.

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