Inspections find peril in central Illinois nursing homes

You are currently viewing Inspections find peril in central Illinois nursing homesDarrell Hoemann
The knitting group at Clark-Lindsey Retirement Village, Urbana, on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

After months of interviews and reviewing Medicare data, Illinois Department of Public Health reports, court records and other documents, found that central Illinois homes are still accumulating steep fines and leaving residents at risk for untreated injuries, infections and medication errors.

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  • Here are some of the key facts and findings:
    • In 16 Illinois counties, there are 81 nursing homes that accept government assistance under Medicare. More than 41 percent of those homes, a total of 34 facilities, are rated below what Medicare considers average.
    • Champaign County has seven nursing homes. Three of those homes are rated as one-star facilities on Medicare’s five-star rating scale.
    • Since the start of 2011, 51 nursing homes have been fined a total of about $632,000, according to Illinois Department of Public Health records.
    • In the seven Champaign County facilities, inspectors have responded to at least 114 complaints since 2011.
    • Typical violations documented in health department reports include: pressure sores, medication errors, urinary tract infections, improper use of restraints, failure to notify physicians when necessary and failure to adequately monitor a resident’s health.
    • In Champaign County alone, nursing homes have had at least nine lawsuits involving patient care filed against them since 2009. One recent lawsuit, filed against Heartland of Champaign this May, includes a wrongful death complaint.
    • Registered nurses working in Illinois long-term care facilities average spending about an hour with each resident a day. Registered nurses in the 81 central Illinois facilities looked at during this investigation average only 43 minutes.
    • In Champaign County, registered nurses spend an average of about 37 minutes a day tending to each resident. This figure excludes data from Clark-Lindsey Retirement Village, which is an above average outlier compared to state and national data. will continue to report on the condition of central Illinois nursing homes.

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