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Birchwood Plaza

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  • Memory Care

Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: D
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1426 West Birchwood,
Chicago IL 60626

66.29% estimated occupancy 1

Birchwood Plaza is a large nursing home located in Chicago, Illinois. This isn't a very good nursing home with a D overall grade. Unfortunately, this grade is right in line with the city grade in Chicago. Fortunately, if you aren't satisfied with this facility, there are 80 nursing homes to choose from in the city so you should be able to find a better option. Despite all this, one of the few highlights of this facility's report card is its strong inspection rating. You can continue reading to find out about inspections and other category grades

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Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Limited Liability company
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

Although we did not rate this facility favorably overall, we want to point out its nearly flawless health inspections in recent years. We awarded them an impressive grade of A in this category. Our inspection grades are tied to several pieces of information found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Deficiencies are a key item to look for on these inspections. You should especially avoid nursing homes with severe deficiencies associated with endangerment of patients. While this facility had some minor dings on its report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones labeled as categories G through L. This means the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: D

Sadly, this nursing home only earned a D for its long-term care grade, which ended up being one of its better category grades. For prospective patients looking for a permanent place to live rather than rehabilitation, long-term care is a very important category. On top of assessing the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. Thankfully, this nursing home gave the vaccine to 94.947365 percent of its patients, which is an above average statistic. Surprisingly, this facility also keeps its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had just 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days. Sadly, some of its other scores in this category were not as favorable as these.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: D

We awarded this nursing home a grade of just D for our short-term care grade. This is not a very good score. In calculating our short-term care scores, we assess the nursing home's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists speech therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This category is frequently a useful measure of the facility's rehabilitation services. Considering its score in this area, we weren't surprised to discover that this nursing home is well below average in terms of its number of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its patients based on the figures we assessed. Finally, we assessed the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. This definitely was not a strength for this facility. We found that just 3.6 percent of this facility's patients returned home. At most facilities, about half of their residents are able to return home so this is well below average.

Nurse Quality

Grade: F

The next area we scored was nursing. This facility was given a poor grade of F in this area. The nursing grade assesses many factors, many of which are associated with nursing hours. This nursing home offered a meager 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is well below average. To go along with its subpar totals in the area of nursing hours per resident, this facility also did not perform as well in the quality-based measures we looked at in calculating our nursing ratings. We looked at the percentage of residents experiencing pressure ulcers and major falls. This place had more pressure ulcers and falls than the average nursing home. This may be a bad sign when you consider that many bed sores and falls are believed to be preventable with better nursing care. These statistics pulled down this nursing home's nursing rating significantly.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Dec 23

Birchwood Plaza Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: F

In Birchwood Plaza, 16.43% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a barometer of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are often the result of residents staying in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-minus

In Birchwood Plaza, 4.21% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percent of patients who sustained a major fall. Falls leading to severe injuries are routinely linked to lower quality nursing care. Better nursing care limits the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: C

In Birchwood Plaza, 2.93% of Patients had UTIs

This metric indicates the percent of long-term patients who had urinary tract infections. Although a higher rate of these infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's hygiene protocols, it can be difficult to compare between nursing homes due to nursing homes having inconsistent reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: C

In Birchwood Plaza, 20.49% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This figure indicates the percentage of long-term patients who were administered antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in situations where such medications are not medically required. However, some facilities need to rely more on these medications due to having more patients with Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Birchwood Plaza, 15.32% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percentage of patients who were given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety medications are prescribed to residents suffering from depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Birchwood Plaza, 25.39% of Patients

This tells you the percent of residents demonstrating symptoms of depression. High rates of depression may reveal a less hospitable environment.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Birchwood Plaza, 96.64% of Patients

This is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for seniors, making these types of vaccines vital to patient safety.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Birchwood Plaza, 14.77% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care patients who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and continence.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A-minus

In Birchwood Plaza, 22.13% of Residents

This is the percent of patients that retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a great sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Birchwood Plaza, 0.02 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric tracks the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Avoiding hospitalizations is important to preserving the physical well-being of nursing home residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: C

In Birchwood Plaza, 22.13% of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-plus

In Birchwood Plaza, 2.85% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the number of emergency room visits per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to gauge short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: D

In Birchwood Plaza, 68.29% of Resident

This indicates the percent of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Higher levels of autonomy with ADL's often correlates with successful rehabilitation.

Scores for Chicago, IL

  • Overall Rating has a grade of D
  • 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-minus

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