Alden Estates of Northmoor
Alden Estates of Northmoor has 198 certified nursing home beds that participate in both Medicare and Medicaid. Alden Estates of Northmoor is located in Chicago’s Norwood Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side. The ownership of Alden Estates of Northmoor ownership is a for-profit corporation. The overall rating of Alden Estates of Northmoor is above average.
The Illinois Department of Health and Human Services regularly inspects Illinois nursing homes on average every 18 months. In addition, the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services will receive complaints that will result in complaint inspections. There were two such complaint inspections at Alden Estates of Northmoor between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. At the health inspection that was completed on October 8, 2015, there were 3 health deficiencies reported. Two of those deficiencies was for mistreatment and one was an environmental issue.
At one inspection done on January 22, 2016 at Alden Estates of Northmoor based on interview and record review, the facility failed to prevent a staff member from placing their hand over the mouth of one resident who was reviewed for abuse. This failure resulted in a witness observing a staff member covering a dementia resident’s mouth to stop the resident from screaming. It was reported that a call was received from the nursing home stating that a registered nurse walked into the resident’s room because she was screaming. The caller stated that the registered nurse told her that she witnessed a certified nursing assistant (CNA) with her hand cupped over the resident’s mouth. The caller stated that the facility did an internal investigation and the CNA is no longer employed at Alden Estates of Northmoor.
The Alden Estates of Northmoor policy affirms the right of residents to be free from abuse, neglect, misappropriation of resident property, corporal punishment and involuntary seclusion. This facility therefore, prohibits mistreatment, neglect or abuse of its residents and has attempted to establish a resident sensitive and resident secured environment.
In addition to health inspections, Alden Estates of Northmoor was inspected for fire safety deficiencies. This nursing home had 10 such violations. The average number of fire safety deficiencies in Illinois is 6.5. The average number of fire safety deficiencies in Illinois is 3.1.
The Alden Estates of Northmoor staffing rating is below average. On the other hand, the registered nurse staffing rating is considered above average. The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day at Alden Estates of Northmoor was 1 hour and 17 minutes. The registered nurse hours per resident per day at Alden Estates of Northmoor were just 44 minutes. The Illinois average is 56 minutes and the national average is 51 minutes for registered nurse hours per resident per day.
The certified nursing assistant hours per resident per day at Alden Estates of Northmoor were 1 hour and 31 minutes. This is well below the 2 hours and 15 minutes which is the Illinois average for CNA hours per resident per day. Physical therapy staff hours at Alden Estates of Northmoor are just 2 minutes. This is far below the Illinois and national averages which are both 6 minutes.
Under federal law, all nursing homes, including those in Illinois, are to provide enough staff to adequately and safely care for residents. However, there is no current federal standard for the best nursing home staffing levels. Illinois nursing homes must have at least one registered nurse for at least 8 straight hours a day, 7 days a week and either a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse on duty 24 hours per day. Some states, including Illinois, may have additional staffing requirements. Certified nursing assistants (CNA) should provide care to nursing home residents 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. In the category of physical therapy service hours, that depends on what the facility’s residents require or how the Illinois nursing home is set up for specialization. The staffing numbers that are listed on the Medicare.gov website for Illinois nursing homes are based on information reported by the nursing home. They represent staffing levels for a 2-week period prior to the time of a state inspection.
76% of Alden Estates of Northmoor’s short-stay residents made improvements in function during their stay. This average is considerably higher than the Illinois and national averages which were 60.1% and 60.3%, respectively. 11% of Alden Estates of Northmoor’s short-stay residents who had an outpatient emergency visit were lower than the Illinois and national average for this category. 59.3% of Alden Estates of Northmoor‘s short-stay residents were successfully discharged to the community. Again this percentage at Alden Estates of Northmoor was higher than the Illinois average of 51.5% and the national average of 55%. 98.3% of Alden Estates of Northmoor’s short-stay residents were assessed and given the appropriate influenza vaccine. This successful percentage is higher than the Illinois average of 75.1% and the national average of 80.1%.
11.2% of Alden Estates of Northmoor’s long-stay residents showed that their ability to move independently worsened. This percentage of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened was lower than the Illinois average of 17.9 and the national average of 18.2% in this category. 99.5% of Alden Estates of Northmoor’s long-stay residents were assessed and given the appropriate pneumococcal vaccine. This percentage was higher than the Illinois and national average.
Alden Estates of Northmoor has not received any federal fines in the last 3 years. It is possible that Illinois may have imposed a penalty under state law, but none are listed. To search for the Illinois state penalties, there is a separate website that would allow for an independent viewing of any such fines.