Hitz Memorial Home is a small non-profit nursing home in Alhambra, Illinois. With an overall grade of B, this nursing home is a very good option. You could definitely do much worse than this nursing home. This place's strong profile was highlighted by its inspection grade, which is addressed in the next section.
Hitz Memorial Home
Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn
201 Belle Street, P O Box 79,
Alhambra IL 62001
63.89% estimated occupancy 1
Registered Staff Hours
On top of receiving a great overall rating, this facility fared even better in our inspections category which is based on the nursing home's recent inspection reports. In fact, we awarded it a grade of A- for that area, which is one of our highest grades. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in calculating these inspection ratings. One of those factors is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some of these end up being quite insignificant. Fortunately, although this place had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you CMS didn't deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Keep in mind that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in the industry.
One of the other reasons we graded this nursing home so highly is that it earned a very impressive nursing rating. In that area, we awarded this facility an A-. In calculating our nursing grades, we weigh both the number of hours nurses spend with residents and the training levels of those nurses. This nursing home provides 3.9 hours of nursing care per patient daily. This is better than what is offered by most places. Lastly, this place also performed well in several of the quality measures we looked at. In terms of the percentage of its patients sustaining falls which lead to serious injury, this facility performed as well as any nursing home in the country.
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Short-term Care Quality
This facility's third highest category ended up being short-term care. In that category, we awarded this nursing home a B-. Our short-term care ratings are presumably more critical for those needing a nursing home for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation usually utilizes more highly-skilled nursing. This includes not just nursing, but also physical and respiratory therapy, as well as other forms of therapy. One of this nursing home's strength is that it offers more hours of care from registered nurses to its residents. The last datapoint we considered in this area is the percentage of patients that returned home from the nursing home. We found that just 38.9 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home. This figure is below the national average.
Long-term Care Quality
The last category we assessed is long-term care, turned out to be this nursing home's worst category. We gave this nursing home a D in that category. This was one of just a few weak links of an otherwise impressive report card. In a long-term care setting, the nursing home's primary goal is to maintain patients' quality of life and keep them safe. After considering nursing hours and other staffing provided by this nursing home, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination records. Based on its grade in this category, it is surprising to discover that this facility received respectable marks in both subcategories. In fact, this nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is higher than many nursing homes. To our surprise, this place was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 1.18 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. Unfortunately, some of its other scores in the category weren't as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Hitz Memorial Home Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Hitz Memorial Home, 8.96% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This metric gauges the percentage of long-term care residents which developed pressure ulcers. We find that pressure ulcers are a reliable barometer of a facility's nursing care quality.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Hitz Memorial Home, 3.48% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percent of patients that have had a fall which caused serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Hitz Memorial Home, 2.6% of Patients had UTIs
This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term care patients who suffered from a UTI. UTI's could be a sign of poor nursing care. Nevertheless, this statistic can be skewed for certain nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for UTI's.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Hitz Memorial Home, 18.2% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This indicates the percent of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many residents, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used only where medically required. In limited situations, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest that a facility is using these drugs to control patient behavior.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Hitz Memorial Home, 19.06% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of long-term stay patients receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Hitz Memorial Home, 29.52% of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients who are showing symptoms of depression. High levels of depression may reveal a less hospitable environment.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Hitz Memorial Home, 87.71% of Patients
This metric measures the percentage of long-term stay residents that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be deadly for nursing home patients, making these vaccines important for resident well-being.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Hitz Memorial Home, 14.14% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Hitz Memorial Home, 19.35% Percentage of Residents
This is the percentage of patients who maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' health.
In Hitz Memorial Home, 1.5 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This metric measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Hitz Memorial Home, 19.35 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. There is a correlation between staying out of the hospital and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Hitz Memorial Home, 11.42 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term care. There is typically a correlation between keeping patients out of the emergency room and the quality of rehabilitation.
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