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Rock River Gardens

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Updated Nov 1, 2023 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: C
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3601 Sixteenth Avenue,
Sterling IL 61081

56.42% estimated occupancy 1

Rock River Gardens is a small facility located in Sterling, Illinois. We gave this facility an overall grade of C. A score in this range requires some respectable scores. As As it turns out, it is actually ranked as the number one nursing home in Sterling. This facility is stronger in some categories than others, but it didn't have any poor grades in any of the major categories. More information about these categories can be found below.

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Quick Details

  • No Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Optometry

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-minus

To go along with its relatively modest overall grade, we gave this facility a grade of A- for our inspections rating. This grade is far better than its overall score. Our inspection scores are tied to several pieces of information located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Nursing homes that score well in this area tend to have few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these nursing homes generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. Fortunately, although this facility had some minor dings on its inspection report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are ones found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. A few minor deficiencies shouldn't stop you from considering a nursing home.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility received high scores in our nursing category as well. It received one of our highest scores in that category with a score of B-. We assessed the qualifications of nurses at the nursing home, as well as the quantity of time those nurses spent with residents, in calculating our grade in this area. This facility averages just 0.2 hours of nursing care per patient each day, which is not an impressive total. Finally, despite not having the highest total nursing hours per resident, this nursing home actually performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is often a reliable indicator that a nursing home has quality controls in place.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: C

This nursing home's next highest area was short-term care. In that category, we gave this facility a C. In our short-term care score, we attempt to craft a sound measure for rehabilitation. In this process, we analyze the nursing home's scope of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy. Unfortunately, this nursing home was below average in terms of its level of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its patients based on the measures we assessed. The final measure we considered in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. We discovered that just 0 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home, which is actually below average.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: C

Moving on to our fourth area, this facility was given a grade of C in long-term care, which is a respectable rating. Long-term care ratings are based in part on a facility's volume of nursing services. This means a vast scope of personal care services, ranging from assistance with activities of daily living to routine medical services. After considering the amount of care provided by nurses, we turned to the facility's vaccination record. We were optimistic to find that this facility vaccinated 94.23077 percent of its patients for pneumonia. Finally, this nursing home was also able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Dec 23

Rock River Gardens Quality Metrics

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Rock River Gardens, 0% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percent of residents who have had a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls resulting in injury are routinely caused by poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-plus

In Rock River Gardens, 1.29% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percent of patients who suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely caused by nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. More frequent bathing can reduce the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Note that this datapoint is sometimes skewed by the fact that nursing homes have different reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Rock River Gardens, 93.55% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of patients given antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are given to residents for a variety of medical conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias. Unfortunately, in limited situations, increased usage of these drugs may suggest a facility is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: F

In Rock River Gardens, 46.79% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients who were given antianxiety drugs. These drugs are used to treat residents experiencing depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: D

In Rock River Gardens, 18.12% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who are showing depressive symptoms. Some experts believe this is a reasonable measure of quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Rock River Gardens, 96.51% of Patients

This is the percent of patients that received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In Rock River Gardens, 3.25% of Patients

This metric measures the percent of long-term stay patients who required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as dressing and taking a bath.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: F

In Rock River Gardens, 4.6% of Residents

This is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents that were able to retain mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Rock River Gardens, 0.01 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Rock River Gardens, 4.6% of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Cgh Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 1.71 miles away100 East Lefevre Road Sterling Illinois 61081Government - Local(815) 625-0400
  • Katherine Shaw Bethea HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 10.34 miles away403 E 1st St Dixon Illinois 61021Voluntary non-profit - Private(815) 288-5531
  • Morrison Community HospitalCritical Access Hospitals 14.31 miles away303 N Jackson Street Morrison Illinois 61270Government - Hospital District or Authority(815) 772-4003

Nearby Dialysis

  • Davita - Whiteside Dialysis1.89 miles away4406 East Lincoln Way Sterling Illinois 61081CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 16 (815) 535-0447
  • Davita - Dixon Kidney Center9.92 miles away1131 N Galena Avenue Dixon Illinois 61021Dialysis Stations: 8 (815) 284-0595
  • Fmc - Quad Citites10.2 miles away101 West Second Street Dixon Illinois 61021Dialysis Stations: 8 (815) 284-0555