Heritage Square is a small non-profit facility located in Dixon, Illinois. This facility is among the top nursing homes we assessed. In fact, it was given our top grade. Based on the data we reviewed, you can not go wrong with this facility. This also wound up being a very consistent facility with consistent scores in all of the major categories. Additional information about these categories can be found below.
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- No Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Physical Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
Top Nursing Home in Illinois Awards 2019
Best Nursing Home in Dixon, Illinois Awards 2019
Top Nursing Home in Illinois Awards 2020
Best Nursing Home in Dixon, Illinois Awards 2020
Top Nursing Home in Illinois Awards 2021
Best Nursing Home in Dixon, Illinois Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
We also would like to emphasize the fact that this nursing home excelled in our nursing rating. We awarded them an A+ in this category. The nursing grade is based on a variety of datapoints. The most heavily weighted factor is the quantity of hours nurses spent with patients. This facility provided 0.6 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This facility performed very well in terms of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.
This nursing home also received an A+ inspection grade, making it one of the few nursing homes to receive multiple A+'s in our category grades. This score is based on the nursing home's inspection reports. These inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies and federal fines. You can learn more about each of these factors by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. While this nursing home had a few deficiencies on its report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
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Long-term Care Quality
Turning our third category, this nursing home received first-rate long-term care grade. In fact, we awarded it a score of A in that area. When nursing homes receive this type of grade in this category it is a good sign for patient care and indicates that the facility is well-staffed with nurses aids. In addition to considering the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home administered the vaccine to 100 percent of its patients, which is significantly higher than the majority of nursing homes. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.
Short-term Care Quality
Moving on to our fourth category, this nursing home was given an excellent short-term care grade. We gave it an A- in that category, giving this facility straight A's. In calculating our short-term care ratings, we scrutinize a nursing home's levels of highly skilled nursing, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This grade is considered to be a meaningful assessment of the facility's rehabilitation. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. However, based on the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last statistic we assessed in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents were able to return home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Heritage Square Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Heritage Square, 8.73% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This gauges the percentage of long-term residents who developed pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are an measure of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heritage Square, 3.45% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure measures the percentage of long-term residents who sustained a fall which caused severe injury. We use this statistic in calculating our nursing grades.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heritage Square, 2.6% of Patients had UTIs
This tells you the percentage of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely associated with worse hygiene protocols. Additional nurse staffing can reduce the number likelihood of residents sustaining infections. Keep in mind that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heritage Square, 18.11% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is an indication of the percent of long-term residents receiving antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to make sure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some cases, increased usage of these drugs may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heritage Square, 19.04% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint tells you the percent of long-term stay residents which were administered antianxiety medication. These drugs are prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heritage Square, 30.45% of Patients
This is a measure of the percent of long-term residents who are exhibiting depressive symptoms. Many in the industry believe that this is a measure of patient quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heritage Square, 87.4% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term care residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heritage Square, 13.9% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percentage of patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heritage Square, 17.56% Percentage of Residents
This is the percent of patients that were able to retain mobility over time. Retaining mobility can be a good sign for residents' well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heritage Square, 17.56 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
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