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Birchwood Plaza

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

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

(773) 274-4405

54.79% estimated occupancy 1

Birchwood Plaza is a large nursing home located in Chicago, Illinois. This is a relatively poor nursing home, with an overall grade of D. Fortunately, if you aren't satisfied with this facility, there are 81 nursing homes to choose from in the city so you should be able to find a better option. If you aren't deterred by this nursing home's profile, you can continue reading to learn more about its category grades. Inspection reports are discussed in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • 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 didn't grade this facility favorably overall, we did give it an excellent grade in the category of inspections, where it received an A. Inspection scores account for several factors found on a facility's inspection reports. One key criteria we rely on is the quantity and severity of deficiencies. You should avoid nursing homes with a bunch of severe deficiencies flagged. This nursing home was hit with 5 deficiencies on its inspection report, but we were relieved to see that none of the deficiencies were considered to be severe deficiencies. This indicates that the inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies to create an immediate risk to resident health or safety. A couple minor deficiencies are not the end of the world.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

We also gave this nursing home a middle of the road grade in the category of long-term care, where we gave it a C. In a long-term care setting, the nursing home's primary objective is to keep patients healthy and safe. This is different than skilled nursing or short-term care where the goal is to rehabilitate residents. In addition to assessing the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we analyzed the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. Thankfully, this nursing home vaccinated 97.26368 percent of its residents, which is a very solid statistic. This place keeps its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: F

We also wanted to draw your attention to this facility's poor nursing grade where it received an F. Our nursing rating assesses the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. We factor in both the levels of skill of those nurses and the number of hours spent with residents. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these statistics to be indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: F

The last category we scored is short-term care. We gave it an F in this area, which is an abysmal grade. With our short-term care grade, we seek to craft a fair measure for rehabilitation services. In this process, we assess a facility's scope of highly-skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. With its grade in this category, we were not stunned to find that this facility was well below average in terms of the number of registered nurse and physical therapy hours offered to its residents based on the data we assessed. The final datapoint we looked at in this area is the number of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that just 3.4 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these subpar metrics doomed this facility's short-term care grade.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jul 22

Birchwood Plaza Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: C

In Birchwood Plaza, 8.94% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percentage of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are routinely caused by patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols can limit the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Birchwood Plaza, 3.47% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of residents that suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in serious injuries are often caused by poor nursing care. Additional nurse staffing minimizes the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: F

In Birchwood Plaza, 2.6% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percentage of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many experts to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are often caused by worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this datapoint may also be misleading for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Birchwood Plaza, 18.4% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, increased usage of these drugs may indicate a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Birchwood Plaza, 19.11% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percentage of residents prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are administered to patients suffering from depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: F

In Birchwood Plaza, 29.8% of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who are exhibiting signs of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Birchwood Plaza, 87.49% of Patients

This metric measures the percent of long-term care patients who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for seniors, making these vaccines critical to patient well-being.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: C

In Birchwood Plaza, 14.23% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as taking medications and using the bathroom. Many would argue this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In Birchwood Plaza, 19.34% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percent of patients that retained mobility levels over time. Optimizing mobility is often a great sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: D

In Birchwood Plaza, 1.51 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is key to preserving the physical well-being of residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Birchwood Plaza, 19.34 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Birchwood Plaza, 11.45 Percentage of Patients

This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is usually a correlation between fewer emergency room visits and the overall quality of 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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