Rated area nursing homes - 42 percent are below average

Thursday, December 1, 2011

 Each marker represents one area nursing home. Click on a marker to view that home's ratings from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Serivces.

     

What the ratings mean

Overall quality rating: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rate each nursing home in three areas: health inspections, staffing and quality measures. After rating each of the three areas, the federal government uses those measures to give each home a rating for overall quality on the five-star scale, ranging from five stars for homes that are “much above average” to one star for homes that are “much below average.” 

Health inspections rating: State officials, including registered nurses, conduct unannounced inspections of each certified facility about once a year, monitoring the care given to residents, staff-resident interactions and the overall environment of the home.

Nursing staff rating: Nursing homes in Illinois report the hours their nurses and certified nursing assistants work to the state Department of Public Health. The federal government then uses this information to calculate each home’s average daily staffing hours per resident.

Quality measures rating: “Quality measures” are data about residents’ physical and mental health and well-being that nursing homes collect and report to the government. This includes information such as the percentage residents with moderate to severe pain, the percentage with bed sores and the percentage whose mobility has declined. The current ratings are based on data nursing home submitted from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 2010

Learn more: To explore the ratings data in greater detail, visit Medicare.gov/NHCompare. There you can search for nursing homes by name, city, county, state or ZIP code. 

Sources: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, http://data.medicare.gov