Highland Health Care Center is a nursing home in Highland, Illinois, which has a total of 15,971 people. We gave this facility an F, which is just about as bad as it gets in our grading scheme. This nursing home did not have any redeeming qualities. We would not blame you if you're ready to stop reading and find another nursing home. However, if you want to learn more about this facility's category grades, inspection reports are discussed in the next paragraph.
Highland Health Care Center
Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
1450 26th Street,
Highland IL 62249
61.48% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
While we graded this facility incredibly poorly overall, it received a fairly respectable inspection report this year. As a result, it received a decent grade in that category with a score of B-. These inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can learn more about each of these issues by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This facility was hit with 4 deficiencies on its inspection report, but fortunately none of the deficiencies were considered severe. This means that CMS did not consider any of these deficiencies to create an imminent risk to resident health or safety. A few minor deficiencies are not necessarily the end of the world.
One of the other reasons we rated this nursing home so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing score. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of F. There are numerous datapoints within this area. Most of these datapoints reflect levels of nurse staffing. This nursing home averaged only 3.1 hours of nursing care per patient per day. This facility also had abysmal marks in some of the quality-based metrics to go along with its weak nursing hour totals. We looked at the percent of patients experiencing pressure ulcers and we were very disappointed. This facility was at roughly 150 percent of the national average in this statistic.
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Short-term Care Quality
The third category we analyzed is short-term care. This facility's received an unfortunate short-term care grade where it received an F. In the category of short-term care, we seek to qualify measures of a facility's rehabilitation. We assess a nursing home's skilled nursing services, such as those performed by registered nurses and physical therapists. With a grade of this caliber for this area, we weren't surprised to find this place was well below average in many staffing figures we looked at. The facility supplied substantially fewer registered nurse and physical therapist hours per patient than most nursing homes. The last statistic we looked at in this area is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the nursing home and return to the community. We discovered that just 40.3 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is well below average. The combination of these poor statistics sunk this nursing home's short-term care grade.
Long-term Care Quality
The next area we analyzed is long-term care. This facility received a poor grade of F in this category. For prospective residents seeking a permanent place to live rather than skilled nursing, long-term care grades are very important. Once we looked at the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we next considered the nursing home's vaccination record. We were pleased to learn that this facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents for pneumonia. Surprisingly, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. Although it had 2.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, its risk adjusted metric was not bad due to it having some more complicated patients.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Highland Health Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Highland Health Care Center, 8.96% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percent of patients who have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also called bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Highland Health Care Center, 3.48% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percentage of long-term residents which experienced a fall which caused major injury. This is one of the statistics we use in calculating our nursing grades.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Highland Health Care Center, 2.6% of Patients had UTIs
This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents who suffered from urinary tract infections. While more infections may reflect poorly on a facility's hygiene protocols, it is problematic to compare different facilities due to varying reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Highland Health Care Center, 18.2% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percentage of residents who were given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be helpful for many patients, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Highland Health Care Center, 19.06% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents experiencing anxiety and depression.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Highland Health Care Center, 29.52% of Patients
This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents who are demonstrating symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Highland Health Care Center, 87.71% of Patients
This metric measures the percent of long-term residents that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home patients, making these vaccines vital to patient safety.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Highland Health Care Center, 14.14% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of patients that required more assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Highland Health Care Center, 19.35% Percentage of Residents
This tells you the percentage of patients who maintained mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.
In Highland Health Care Center, 1.5 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Highland Health Care Center, 19.35 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This datapoint is a measure of the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term resident care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is key to restoring the physical well-being of residents.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Highland Health Care Center, 11.42 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 Highland Health Care Center, 71.34% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percentage of short-term patients that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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