Beacon Health Center is a large nursing home located in Chicago, Illinois. With a really poor overall grade of F, this facility didn't fare well in our assessment. Fortunately, if you aren't impressed with this facility, there are countless other options available in this city. We wouldn't blame you if you're ready to stop reading and find another nursing home. However, if you want to learn more about this nursing home's category grades, we will discuss short-term care in the next section.
Beacon Health Center
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata
4538 North Beacon,
Chicago IL 60640
62.51% estimated occupancy 1
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- No Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Medication Management
- Speech Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
We really were not high on this facility's overall grade or its category scores. We gave it a D for our short-term care rating and that sadly proved be its best grade. Our short-term care grades are believed to be most meaningful for those requiring rehabilitation from their nursing home. Rehabilitation typically requires higher levels of skilled nursing. This includes not just nursing services, but also physical and occupational therapy, as well as other variations of therapy. Not surprisingly, we discovered that this place provides far less physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than a typical nursing home. Lastly, we considered the percentage of patients who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that just 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.
Unfortunately, this facility received an F for its inspection rating. This is a particularly important category. Grades in this range generally point to some red flags on the nursing home's government inspection reports. You should pay special attention to any deficiencies on a facility's inspection reports when it receives this bad of an inspection rating. We would scrutinize the severity of those deficiencies. This particular facility had 4 deficiencies by CMS. The only positive thing we found is that none of these deficiencies were in the categories that suggest they posed a threat to resident safety or health. Lastly, we want to point out that this place was assessed large government fines of over $100,000. This often signifies that a facility'sbad track record spanned more than one year.
Does this page answer your questions about Beacon Health Center?
Unfortunately, we gave this facility an F for its nursing grade. The nursing rating includes several factors, most of which are based on nursing hours. This place offered just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident each day. This figure is significantly below the national average. Lastly, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in calculating our nursing ratings. This nursing home performed well in the area of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we assessed was long-term care. This facility was given a bottom of the barrel grade of F in this category. When facilities receive this type of score in long-term care it is typically a bad sign for patient care and it may mean that the facility is not as well-staffed with nurses and aids. In addition to looking at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 84.66899 percent of its residents. This is pretty significantly lower than what we expected. Surprisingly, this nursing home was actually able to limit hospitalizations. With only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this facility had fewer hospitalizations than the majority of nursing homes. This is its best feature in this category.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Beacon Health Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Beacon Health Center, 8.73% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents staying in one position for too long.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Beacon Health Center, 3.45% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients who suffered from a fall resulting in severe injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Beacon Health Center, 2.6% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic indicates the percent of long-term stay patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. While a higher rate infections may reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare between nursing homes due to varying reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Beacon Health Center, 18.11% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic medications. These medications are used for several medical conditions, including cognitive disorders.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Beacon Health Center, 19.04% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This is the percentage of patients given antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety medications are administered to residents suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Beacon Health Center, 30.45% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care patients exhibiting symptoms of depression. Many in the industry would argue this is a measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Beacon Health Center, 87.4% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be very dangerous for nursing home residents, making these types of vaccines critical to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Beacon Health Center, 13.9% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's could be a sign of erosion of a patient's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Beacon Health Center, 17.56% Percentage of Residents
This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who maintained mobility.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Beacon Health Center, 17.56 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This metric tracks the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is critical to restoring the health of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Beacon Health Center, 11.82 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. Staying out of the emergency room is one way to measure patient well-being during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Beacon Health Center, 71.65% Percentage of Resident
This is the percent of short-term patients who saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. High levels of performance with ADL's usually correlates with better rehabilitation.
Scores for Chicago, IL
- Overall Rating has a grade of C
- Nurse Rating has a grade of C
- Long-term Care Rating has a grade of C
- Short-term Care Rating has a grade of C
- Inspection Rating has a grade of B
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