Whester House is a large facility in Libertyville, Illinois. This facility received a concerning overall grade of D based on the data we looked at. Based on our ratings, this facility may not be a great fit for most prospective residents. Despite all this, one of the few highlights of this nursing home's profile is its impressive short-term care rating. You can scroll down to learn more about short-term care and other category grades
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- Nursing Home
Updated Apr 1, 2023 by Nick Reese
1125 North Milwaukee Avenue,
Libertyville IL 60048
79.24% estimated occupancy 1
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- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- Has Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
Registered Staff Hours
Short-term Care Quality
While this nursing home's overall grade wasn't great, it surprisingly earned a good grade for short-term care. We gave it a B+ for that area, which is one of our better scores. This was a rare highlight in an otherwise lacking profile. Our short-term care grade is commonly used to score a nursing home's performance with rehabilitation. To have quality rehabilitation services, nursing homes generally need to have better levels of skilled nursing. These types of services include registered nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists and other licensed professionals. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The last datapoint we assessed in this category is the percentage of residents who were able to leave the facility and return home. We found that 5.4 percent of this nursing home's residents were able to return home.
One of the other reasons we rated this facility so highly is that it received a very impressive nursing grade. In that area, we awarded this nursing home an B. Our nursing category is based on quite a few factors, most of which are associated with quantities of nurse staffing. This nursing home provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This nursing home 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 many times be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.
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Among this facility's alarming category grades was an F for its inspection grade. More often than not, this means we found some red flags on the facility's inspection reports. You should pay close attention to any deficiencies on a nursing home's inspection reports when it receives this bad of an inspection score. We suggest you scrutinize the level of severity of the deficiencies. This nursing home was assessed one category G through L deficiency, which rank among the more serious deficiencies. This generally indicates that the deficiencies found by the government inspectors had the potential to pose actual harm to patients. Lastly, we also want to point out that this facility was assessed large government fines recently of over $50,000. This often signifies that CMS inspectors became fed up after several years of bad health inspections.
Long-term Care Quality
Switching gears to the fourth category, this nursing home really did not perform well here either. With an abysmal grade of F in long-term care, this is about as terrible as it gets. For prospective patients seeking a permanent place to live as opposed to skilled nursing, long-term care grades are an important measure. In addition to assessing the volume of care provided by aids and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated against pneumonia. This nursing home gave the vaccine to 94.726166 percent of its residents, which is more than the vast majority of nursing homes. Surprisingly, this facility also fared well at keeping its residents out of the hospital. It had just 0.02 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days. Unfortunately, a few of its other scores in this category weren't as favorable as these.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Whester House Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Whester House, 8.8% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This tells you the percentage of patients that have had a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, which are also known as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents not being moved frequently enough.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Whester House, 3.56% of Patients had Serious Falls
This figure measures the percent of long-term care residents which have sustained falls which resulted in major injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be an indication of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Whester House, 2.49% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percentage of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be a barometer of nursing care . UTI's are often associated with a nursing home with worse hygiene protocols. Nevertheless, this datapoint may be skewed for certain facilities due to varying reporting standards for infections.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Whester House, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This figure is an indication of the percentage of long-term residents taking antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In some situations, excessive reliance on these medications may suggest a nursing home is using these medications to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Whester House, 19.21% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This measures the percentage of long-term residents receiving antianxiety medications.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Whester House, 31.81% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents who are showing signs of depression. Many in the industry argue this is a reasonable measure of patient quality of life.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Whester House, 87.05% of Patients
This is the percentage of patients who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Whester House, 13.3% Percentage of Patients
This indicates the percent of residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of needing for assistance with ADL's could indicate the decline of a patient's health.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Whester House, 14.44% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint measures the percent of long-term stay patients who retained mobility levels. Some experts believe that the ability to move around is vital to patients health.
In Whester House, 1.92 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This indicates the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Whester House, 14.44 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Whester House, 13.66 Percentage of Patients
This tells you the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Whester House, 69.52% Percentage of Resident
This metric is a measure of the percentage of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many in the industry believe that this is a reliable measure of rehabilitation services.
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