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.
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- 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
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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
To go along with its strong overall grade, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in computing our inspection scores. One of those factors is deficiencies. It should be noted that the severity of these deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some deficiencies end up being quite minor. While this nursing home had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G through L. This tells you that the government inspectors didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
In addition, this facility was given high marks in the area of long-term care. As a result, it received one of our highest scores in that area with a score of A+. Long-term care ratings in this range generally require both around the clock care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. One of the statistics we considered on top of nursing hours was vaccines. This facility administered the pneumonia vaccine to 100 percent of its patients. Vaccination is a great way to minimize negative health outcomes for the elderly population. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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In addition, this facility received high marks in the area of nursing. As a result, it received one of our highest grades in that category with a score of A+. Nursing ratings are mostly tied to the nursing home's level of nurse staffing. This facility provided 0.6 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can typically be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
Short-term Care Quality
The fourth category we graded was short-term care, where this facility was awarded a grade of A-. This finished off an elite report card. Very few nursing homes received an A- or higher in every category. Our short-term care grades are presumably most critical for residents needing a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually mandates higher levels of skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing means not just nursing, but also physical and speech therapy, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it appear that this facility employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, based on the information they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we assessed the number of patients who ultimately were able to return home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients 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, 2.04% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This gauges the percent of long-term stay patients who developed pressure ulcers or bed sores. We use this statistic in calculating both nursing and long-term care grades.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Heritage Square, 9.38% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of residents that have had a major fall. Falls leading to major injury are considered to be a measure of nursing care . Falls are often the result of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Heritage Square, 1.56% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic measures the percent of long-term care patients which experienced UTI's. Although a higher rate infections may reflect poorly on a nursing home's nursing care, it is problematic to compare different facilities due to facilities having inconsistent reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Heritage Square, 10.94% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents receiving antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used appropriately. In limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Heritage Square, 20% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This figure measures the percent of long-term care patients receiving antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Heritage Square, 0% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who are showing signs of depression. Many in the industry believe this is a reasonable measure of quality of care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Heritage Square, 100% of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Heritage Square, 7.41% of Patients
This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who needed more assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and taking a bath. Many in the industry would argue that this is a reliable measure of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Heritage Square, 23.13% of Residents
This indicates the percentage of patients who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Heritage Square, 23.13% of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between staying out of the hospital and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.
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