Heritage Health-Dwight is located in Dwight, Illinois, a city with a total of 6,102 people. It looks like this is a good facility. We awarded it an overall grade of B, which is a quality grade. You could definitely do much worse than this nursing home. The best aspect of this nursing home's strong report card was its inspection rating. We discuss inspections in the next section
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Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Limited Liability company
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- IV Antibiotic Therapy
- Wound Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Tracheotomy Care
- Mental Health
- Physical Therapy
- Respiratory Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Recreational Therapy
- Total Parenteral Nutrition
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Registered Staff Hours
To go along with its favorable overall performance, we awarded this nursing home an A+ for the area of inspections. Inspection grades take several factors into consideration, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these factors by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this nursing home had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' scale. We should point out that deficiency-free inspection reports are rare in this industry.
Short-term Care Quality
This nursing home received a favorable short-term care grade as well. We gave it one of our better scores in that area with a grade of B. Short-term care grades are critical for prospective residents requiring rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically mandates higher levels of highly-skilled nursing. This means a broad scope of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last datapoint we considered in this area is the percentage of patients who ultimately returned home from the nursing home. We found that 5.3 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.
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Long-term Care Quality
The third category we looked at is long-term care. This facility was awarded a favorable long-term care score, with a B in the category. When nursing homes receive this kind of grade in this category it is usually a good sign for patient care and indicates that the nursing home is well-staffed with nurses aids. After assessing the amount of care provided by nurses and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination data. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its patients against pneumonia. Vaccines are vital to keeping residents out of the hospital. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.03 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
The final category we scored was nursing. We awarded it a grade of C in that area. This is not a bad grade in this area. In calculating a nursing home's nursing grade, we weigh the number of hours nurses spend with patients and the skill levels of the nurses. This nursing home averages 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient per day, which is well below average. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures. While this nursing home got docked a bit for its nursing hours, it actually excelled in some of these quality metrics. With fewer than five percent of its residents suffering from pressure ulcers, it did very well in this area. This is generally an indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can often be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as employing a system of moving patients even once per day.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heritage Health-Dwight Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 8.8% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percent of patients who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are often caused by patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing care can minimize the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 3.56% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of patients that sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are routinely the result of poor nursing care. Better nursing protocols reduces the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain major falls.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 2.49% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are often the result of nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Closer supervision can limit the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. We want to point out that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that nursing homes have varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure indicates the percent of long-term care patients taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to make sure these medications are being used appropriately. In some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 19.21% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term residents taking antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 31.81% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who are showing signs of depression. Increased levels of depression may be a sign a lower level of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 87.05% of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents that have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 13.3% Percentage of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and taking a bath.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 14.44% Percentage of Residents
Measures the percentage of long-term stay residents that were able to retain mobility. Some would argue that the ability to move around is vital to residents' mental and physical well-being.
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 1.92 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is critical to maintaining the physical health of residents.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 14.44 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical well-being of patients.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 13.66 Percentage of Patients
This is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Heritage Health-Dwight, 69.52% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percent of short-term care patients that saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. High levels of independence with activities of daily living typically correlates with better rehabilitation services.
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