In Illinois, more than 100,000 people live in about 1,200 long-term care facilities, like nursing homes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) oversee these nursing homes in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health (DPH). In April, the CMS announced important changes to the way they assess nursing homes.
The Rating System
The Five-Star Quality Rating System rates every nursing home on a scale of 1 star to 5 stars in three important areas:
- Health Inspections. Reports of the three most recent health inspections and investigations are assessed. Trained inspectors then perform onsite visits.
- Staffing. The CMS considers the number of hours of care that a nursing home provides to its residents. Staffing is expected to be higher when residents need more skilled nursing care.
- Quality Measures. This measurement uses 17 different physical and clinical measures to determine if nursing homes are truly meeting their residents’ needs.
On the 1-5 star scale, one star is given for care that is well below average. A five star rating means that care is very much above average.
Where Illinois Nursing Homes Stand
After revising its rating and inspection system, the CMS published its findings on its nursinghomecompare website. Unfortunately, 151 Illinois nursing homes earned the lowest rating possible – one star.
If one of your family members currently lives in a nursing facility, what can you do to make sure your loved one is not at risk? The following tips might help:
- Make sure you know what level of care your loved one needs. Not everyone needs skilled, 24/7 nursing care.
- Decide what treatments and services will provide the level of care you need.
- Look for facilities that provide that care. Review their licenses and state survey (inspection) reports.
Once you have moved your loved one into the home, visit regularly, and watch for signs of nursing home neglect or abuse.
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