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Birchwood Plaza

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese

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

(773) 274-4405

63.6% estimated occupancy 1

With more than 25 options to choose from in Chicago, Illinois, Birchwood Plaza is one of the multitude of facilities. This isn't a bad facility with a C overall grade. This grade is right in line with the city grade in Chicago. Based on our analysis, this facility has some redeeming qualities. The best part of this place's profile was its exemplary inspection rating. Inspection grades 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

We want to draw your attention to the fact that this facility really outperformed its overall score in the category of inspections. In fact, it received an excellent government inspection report this year. As a result, we gave it one of our best grades in that category with an A. Inspection scores take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can find more information about each of these issues by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this facility had a few deficiencies on its report, none were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. A couple of minor deficiencies should not lead you to cross a nursing home off your list.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

We also gave this nursing home a middle of the road grade in the category of short-term care, where we gave it a B-. In the category of short-term care, we endeavor to qualify indicators of a nursing home's rehabilitation services. We assess a facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses and various therapists. We were surprised to find that this nursing home was below average in the two key staffing areas we looked at. In fact, it provided fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per resident than most other facilities. It is important to determine whether this also correlates to a lower quality of care. The last datapoint we considered in this category is the percentage of residents that returned home from the facility. We found that just 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

This nursing home's third best category was its long-term care score, where it was given a C. In determining our long-term care grades, we look at the personal care received by a nursing home's residents. One of the statistics we considered in addition to nursing hours was vaccines. This facility administered the pneumonia vaccination to 91.982185 percent of its patients. On a more positive note, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: D

The last category we rated was nursing, is this facility's least impressive area. We gave this facility a D in that category. The nursing grade is based on a handful of data points, most of which are tied to quantities of nurse staffing. With only 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident on a daily basis, this facility's nurse staffing levels were far below the national average. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality-based metrics in determining our nursing scores. This facility fared well in terms of avoiding pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these metrics to be reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Birchwood Plaza Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: C

In Birchwood Plaza, 8.8% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percent of residents that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care can reduce the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In Birchwood Plaza, 3.56% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percent of residents that have had a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are routinely caused by lower quality nursing care. More supervision minimizes the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Birchwood Plaza, 2.49% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of long-term care patients who have sustained a urinary tract infection. While more of these infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's cleanliness, it can be problematic to compare different facilities due to facilities having reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Birchwood Plaza, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. These drugs are sometimes used for treating several medical conditions, including dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B

In Birchwood Plaza, 19.21% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic measures the percent of long-term stay patients taking antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Birchwood Plaza, 31.81% of Patients

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents showing depressive symptoms. Many argue this is a reasonable measure of quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B-minus

In Birchwood Plaza, 87.05% of Patients

This datapoint measures the percent of long-term care residents that were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B-plus

In Birchwood Plaza, 13.3% Percentage of Patients

This is the percent of patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Birchwood Plaza, 14.44% Percentage of Residents

This is the percent of residents who remained mobile levels over time. Preserving mobility is often a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In Birchwood Plaza, 1.92 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Birchwood Plaza, 14.44 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Minimizing rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical well-being of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-minus

In Birchwood Plaza, 13.66 Percentage of Patients

This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is typically a correlation between keeping patients out of the emergency room and the quality of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Birchwood Plaza, 69.52% Percentage of Resident

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients that experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some would argue this is a reliable measure of rehabilitation performance.

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-minus

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Nearby Dialysis

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  • Center for Renal Replacement, LLC3.84 miles away7301 North Lincoln Ave., Ste 205 Lincolnwood Illinois 60712Dialysis Stations: 16 (847) 675-5555
  • Fmc - Midamerica Evanston4.11 miles away2953 Central St 1st Floor Evanston Illinois 60201Dialysis Stations: 14 (847) 869-9436
  • Nephron Dialysis Center, Ltd.5.02 miles away5140 N. California Ave. Suite 510 Chicago Illinois 60625Dialysis Stations: 16 (773) 293-2100
  • Davita Irving Park Dialysis5.12 miles away4323 N Pulaski Road Chicago Illinois 60641Dialysis Stations: 12 (773) 279-8714