Dupage Care Center is a very-large government-owned nursing home in Wheaton, Illinois. With an overall score of A-, this facility is ranked among the higher-graded nursing homes we assessed. This grade is even better than the city grade of B+ in Wheaton, which is also an impressive grade. If you look below, you will see this place's category ratings, which are also strong.
Dupage Care Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn
400 N County Farm Rd,
Wheaton IL 60187
62.17% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
One of the reasons this turned out to be a great facility is that it received a very impressive short-term care score. In fact, this proved to be its best category. In that area, we gave this nursing home an A. In forming our short-term care grades, we assess the facility's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and other types of skilled professionals. Our goal is to create a barometer for sizing up the rehabilitation services of different nursing homes. One of this nursing home's strength is that it offers more than seven hours of care per week from registered nurses to each resident. This is really the gold standard in this area, as it's about 50% higher than the average facility's level of registered nurse staffing. The final measure we looked at in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. It fared as well as just about any nursing home in Illinois in this area with 60.1 percent of its patients returning home. At most facilities, less than half of their short-stay residents ever return home.
One of the other reasons we rated this nursing home so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing grade. In that area, we gave this facility an A. The nursing rating includes many datapoints. The most important factor is the amount of time nurses spent with residents. This place provides an impressive 3.8 hours of nursing care per patient daily. Out of this total, more than one fourth of those hours were provided by registered nurses, which is among the most highly trained levels of nurses. We add more weight to hours provided by skilled nurses in determining our nursing grades. Finally, we also looked at some quality-based measures in this category. This facility fared well in some of the quality measures we looked at. By way of illustration, in terms of the number of its patients suffering from pressure ulcers, this facility performed better than the national average. This is generally an indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Pressure ulcers can often be avoided with better nursing care.
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Another area of strength for this facility is in inspections. In fact, inspections turned out to be one of its best categories. In that category, we gave this facility a B. Inspection ratings are based on several datapoints found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that excel in this area typically have very few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with risks to patient safety. Although this facility had a few deficiencies on its report, none of them were major deficiencies based on CMS' scale. We should point out that deficiency-free inspections are rare in this industry.
Long-term Care Quality
The final area we rated was long-term care, in which this nursing home was given a grade of B. This actually ended up being this facility's weakest category. A facility is doing something right when their lowest score still is superior to most facilities. When nursing homes receive a grade in this range in long-term care it generally means it has plenty of staff and is a quality place to live on a permanent basis. On top of assessing the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This facility provided the vaccine to 100 percent of its residents, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia tragically can be a deadly condition for nursing home residents so we strongly prefer when a nursing home doesn't leave its residents vulnerable. This place was also able to keep its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had just 1.42 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Dupage Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Dupage Care Center, 8.96% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure tells you the percent of long-term stay residents who suffer from pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are an measure of a facility's nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Dupage Care Center, 3.48% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of patients that have had a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are considered to be a measure of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls resulting in injury are often caused by poor nursing care.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Dupage Care Center, 2.6% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of long-term residents that have sustained a urinary tract infection. While more infections may reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it can be problematic to compare between facilities due to nursing homes having reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Dupage Care Center, 18.2% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is the percentage of residents who were given antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In limited situations, excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Dupage Care Center, 19.06% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This statistic is a measure of the percent of long-term patients receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Dupage Care Center, 29.52% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents showing signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Dupage Care Center, 87.71% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term care residents who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Dupage Care Center, 14.14% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Dupage Care Center, 19.35% Percentage of Residents
This metric measures the percentage of long-term care residents that retained mobility levels.
In Dupage Care Center, 1.5 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This tells you the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. There is typically a correlation between having fewer hospitalizations and the overall quality of nursing home care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Dupage Care Center, 19.35 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Dupage Care Center, 11.42 Percentage of Patients
This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding emergency medical situations is one way to measure patient well-being during rehabilitation.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Dupage Care Center, 71.34% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percentage of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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