Lutheran Care Center is in Altamont, Illinois. Featuring an overall grade of A, this is clearly a first-rate facility. In fact, this facility has the prestigious distinction of being one of the 100 best nursing homes in Illinois. This is an impressive accomplishment in a state with a long list of elite nursing homes. As you can find below, this nursing home also performed well in our category ratings. It's hard to find any major flaws in this facility's profile.
Lutheran Care Center
- Nursing Home
- Independent Living
- Assisted Living
- Contracted Memory Care
Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- Is CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- Non profit - Corporation
- Offers Hospice
- Offers Respite Care
- Offers Inpatient Rehab
- Offers Outpatient Rehab
- Personal Care
- Medication Management
- Home Making
- Medical Transportation
- Speech Therapy
- Stroke Recovery
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Recreational Therapy
- Pain Management
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Registered Staff Hours
Long-term Care Quality
In addition to receiving a great overall grade, this facility also earned an excellent long-term care grade, with an impressive grade of A. When nursing homes receive this type of score in this category it is a good sign for resident care and indicates that the place is well-staffed with nurses aids. After looking at the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination record. This nursing home vaccinated 99.45355 percent of its patients against pneumonia. Vaccines are vital to keeping residents healthy. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.
Turning to inspections, this facility excelled in that area, which is based on the facility's recent government inspections. We awarded it an A for that category. Inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these factors by reviewing copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Although this place had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
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Adding to its strong resume, this facility also received an excellent nursing score, with a grade of A. When determining our nursing grades, we look at both staffing levels and the skill levels of the nurses. This nursing home provides 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility the country in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can many times be avoided by offering better nursing care, such as by having a policy of moving a patient more often.
Short-term Care Quality
The next category we analyzed was short-term care. This nursing home received a favorable nursing grade this year, with a grade of B. While this isn't as strong as many of its other category grades, this is nevertheless one of our more favorable grades in that category. Short-term care grades are important for prospective residents needing rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically utilizes more highly-skilled nursing. Skilled nursing includes a broad range of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not all nursing homes employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last item we looked at in this area is the percentage of patients who were able to leave the facility and return home. We found that 4.6 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Lutheran Care Center Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Lutheran Care Center, 8.94% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This figure measures the percentage of long-term residents that developed new or worsened pressure ulcers. We've found that pressure ulcers are a great measure of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Lutheran Care Center, 3.47% of Patients had Serious Falls
This indicates the percent of patients who suffered from a fall leading to major injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Lutheran Care Center, 2.6% of Patients had UTIs
This is the percentage of patients who have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be an indicator of nursing care . UTI's are often linked to a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. However, this metric can be misleading for some nursing homes due to different reporting standards for these infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Lutheran Care Center, 18.4% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In some situations, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Lutheran Care Center, 19.11% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This tells you the percentage of patients given antianxiety medications. Antianxiety drugs are administered to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Lutheran Care Center, 29.8% of Patients
This indicates the percentage of residents exhibiting symptoms of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Lutheran Care Center, 87.49% of Patients
Measures the percentage of long-term patients that were administered the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Respiratory viruses can be fatal for nursing home patients, making these types of vaccines critical to patient well-being.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Lutheran Care Center, 14.23% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients who needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Lutheran Care Center, 19.34% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term patients that were able to retain mobility. Some argue that mobility is critical to residents' health.
In Lutheran Care Center, 1.51 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is critical to maintaining the physical well-being of nursing home patients.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Lutheran Care Center, 19.34 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Lutheran Care Center, 11.45 Percentage of Patients
This metric tracks the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Lutheran Care Center, 71.39% Percentage of Resident
This tells you the percentage of short-term care residents that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
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