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Second Quarter Illinois Nursing Home Report Shows Increasing Number of Violations

The latest quarterly report on Illinois nursing home violations is in and the number of Type AA and Type A violations has increased since the first quarter of 2018.

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) Second Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators includes some repeat offenders from quarter 1, as well as one facility that received a $50,000 fine for a Type AA violation for the second time this year.

According to IDPH, Type AA violations are given when a nursing home has a “condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.” Type A violations are situations “in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.” IDPH defines Type B Violations as those that would likely cause mental or physical harm to a resident.

The second quarter inspection report reveals that:

  • A total of 88 nursing homes were cited during this period
  • 3 nursing homes received a $50,000 fine for a Type AA violation
  • 33 homes received a $25,000 fine for a Type A violation
  • 13 nursing homes had multiple violations
    • 1 facility had both a type AA and type A violation (Helia Healthcare of Champaign)
    • 10 other homes had two violations
    • 2 nursing homes had three separate violations

 

Type AA Violations
Helia Healthcare of Champaign has received two AA citations carrying a $50,000 fine this year, one during a January inspection (Quarter 1) and again in late March (Quarter 2).

In the March citation, Helia was found to have failed to investigate and report a prior incident with a resident who ultimately died from a brain injury. After the resident was found on the ground next to his bed, Helia transferred the resident to a hospital, where doctors discovered the resident had a bilateral subarachnoid hemorrhage. A staff member later admitted that the resident had fallen during a lift transfer weeks prior and that they had ignored orders that required two people to complete a lift transfer.

Two other facilities also received Type AA violations during the second quarter of this year. Both Aledo Rehab and Health Care Center in Aledo and Christian Nursing Home in Lincoln will have to pay $50,000.

LPNs at Aledo Rehab failed to check a resident’s record to ensure their wishes for life saving treatment. The patient needed resuscitation and staff, assuming the patient had a “Do Not Resuscitate” order (DNR), withheld CPR and allowed the resident to die.

Staff at Christian Nursing Home violated the resident’s care plan by failing to notify the resident’s physician of changes in her condition and for failing to properly document these changes. The resident suffered from asthma and after one LPN noted that the resident had diminishing lung capacity and required her inhaler (as ordered by her doctor), another later failed to document the resident’s condition, seemingly also forgetting to give the resident her inhaler. On February 5, the resident’s daughter called the facility to report that her mom was upset, short of breath, and complaining of chest pain and needed her doctor called. The resident died that night of bronchopneumonia.

 

Type A Violations
33 total facilities received Type A Violations this quarter. All were fined $25,000, except one facility who was ordered to pay $12,500. These incidents included falls, medication errors, and other instances of neglect. The 33 facilities with Type A violations were:

  • Accolade Health Care of Pontiac (Pontiac; multiple violations)
  • Aperion Care Capitol (Springfield; multiple violations)
  • Aperion Care Morton Villa (Morton)
  • Bria of Westmont (Westmont)
  • Bridge Care Suites (Springfield)
  • Bridgeway Senior Living (Bensenville)
  • Brookdale Plaza Lisle (Lisle)
  • Country Health (Gifford)
  • Covenant Health Care Center Batavia (Batavia)
  • Fair Oaks Rehab and Health Care Center (South Beloit)
  • Friendship Skilled Nursing and Rehab (Carlinville)
  • Glenlake Terrace Nursing and Rehab (Waukegan)
  • Glenview Terrace (Glenview)
  • *Golfview Developmental Center (Des Plaines; fine was $12,500 )
  • Heartland of Decatur (Decatur)
  • Heartland of Normal (Normal)
  • Heddington Oaks (Peoria)
  • Helia Healthcare of Champaign (Champaign; also had Type AA violation)
  • Helia Healthcare of Olney (Olney)
  • Heritage Health-Staunton (Staunton)
  • Jennings Terrace (Aurora)
  • Jerseyville Nursing and Rehab (Jerseyville; two $25,000 type A citations)
  • Lexington of Streamwood (Streamwood)
  • Meadowbrook Manor Naperville (Naperville)
  • Moorings of Arlington Heights (arlington Heights)
  • Niles Nursing & Rehab Center (Niles)
  • Parc at Joliet (Joliet)
  • Rosewood Care Center of Moline (Moline; multiple violations)
  • South Elgin Rehab and Health Care Center (Elgin)
  • Warren Barr Lincolnshire (Lincolnshire)
  • West Suburban Nursing and Rehab (Bloomingdale)
  • Winchester House (Libertyville)
  • Windsor Estates Nursing and Rehab (Country Club Hills)

 

Multiple Violations:
Those with multiple violations were:

  • Accolade Healthcare of Pontiac (Pontiac; Type A & Type B)
  • Aperion Care Capitol (Springfield; Type A & Type B)
  • Aperion Care International (Chicago; Two Type Bs)
  • Bria of Westmont (Westmont; THREE violations – One Type A, Two Type Bs  )
  • Bridgeway Senior Living (Bensenville; Type A & Type B)
  • Courtyard Health Care Center (Berwyn; Two Type Bs)
  • Helia Healthcare of Champaign (Champaign; One Type AA, One Type A)
  • Meadowbrook Manor Naperville (Naperville; THREE violations – One Type A, Two Type Bs)
  • Pine Acres (Dekalb; Two Type Bs)
  • Rosewood Care Center (Northbrook; Two Type Bs)
  • Rosewood Care Center of Moline (Moline; Type A & Type B)
  • Rosewood Care Center of Peoria (Peoria; Two Type Bs)
  • Stearns Nursing & Rehab (Granite City; Two Type Bs

 

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To find out if your loved one’s nursing home is on the latest list, click here to view the full report.

To view the First Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators, click here.