Aperion Care Highwood
Aperion Care Highwood, 50 Pleasant Avenue, Highwood, Illinois 60040
Aperion Care Highwood has an overall rating of below average. It received two stars out of a possible five. Highwood, Illinois is a far north suburb to the City of Chicago located approximately 30 miles from the center of the City of Chicago. The facility has 104 certified beds that participates in both Medicare and Medicaid. Aperion Care Highwood is not within a Continuing Care Retirement Community. A Continuing Care Retirement Community offers multiple housing options and levels of care. This is an important asset in that residents may move from one level of care to another based on their medical needs while still remaining in the same nursing home. Aperion Care Highwood has a resident and family council. Resident and family councils are important to facilitate communications with the nursing home staff. The law requires nursing homes to allow councils to be set up by residents and families. In the case of the nursing home not having a resident and/or family council, a resident or a family member should ask the nursing home administrator why that is the case. It also may be important to suggest to residents and family members to speak with the council president to get an idea of how the nursing home has acted with other residents who have raised concerns about how the nursing home is operating.
The Illinois Department of Health and Human Services regularly inspects Illinois nursing homes on average every 18 months. The health inspection rating for Aperion Care Highwood is below average. The most recent standard health inspection was filed on August 25, 2016 resulting in 17 health citations. The average number of health citations in Illinois following a standard health inspection is 9. The average number of health citations following a health inspection in the U.S. is 7.2. There was a total of 5 complaint inspections that were filed against Aperion Care Highwood between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. The total number of complaints of this sort the last three years that resulted in a citation was 11.
The staffing rating for Aperion Care Highwood is average. The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day at Aperion Care Highwood is 1 hour and 47 minutes. The registered nurse hours per resident per day at the facility was 1 hour and 9 minutes compared to 56 minutes for Illinois and 50 minutes for the U.S. The physical therapy staff hours per resident per day at this facility is 4 minutes. The Illinois and national averages are both 6 minutes for physical therapy staff hours per resident per day. The registered nurse staffing rating for Aperion Care Highwood is much above average.
Illinois nursing homes that are certified by Medicare and Medicaid regularly report clinical information for each of their residents to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS gives nursing homes a quality of resident care star rating based on performance on 16 different measures. These measures reflect how well a nursing home cares for its residents. These listings are based on two groups which are short-stay residents who spend 100 days or less in a nursing home and long-stay residents who spend over 100 days in a nursing home.
11.6% of Aperion Care Highwood’s short-stay residents had an outpatient emergency department visit. This percentage was slightly lower than both the Illinois and national averages which stand at 12.1% and 11.9%, respectively. 59% of Aperion Care Highwood’s short-stay residents were successfully discharged to the community. The Illinois average in this category is 53.8%, with the national average being 57%. Only 11.3% of Aperion Care Highwood’s short-stay residents received the needed vaccine to prevent pneumonia. This percentage was much lower than the Illinois average of 76.3%.
22.3% of Aperion Care Highwood’s long-stay residents had a worsened ability to move independently. The Illinois average is 17.2%, with the national average being 18.3%. 16.3% of Aperion Care Highwood’s long-stay residents had symptoms of depression. The Illinois average is higher at 18.8%, with the national average much lower at just 5% in this category. 80% of Aperion Care Highwood’s long-stay residents received the needed flu shot for the current flu season. This percentage was lower than both the Illinois and national averages which are 92.8% and 94.8%, respectively. Just 31.1% of Aperion Care Highwood’s long-stay residents received the needed vaccine to prevent pneumonia, compared to 91.6% for the Illinois average.
Aperion Care Highwood did not receive any nursing home fines in the last 3 years. It was noted that there was neither a federal fine nor an Illinois state fine during that 3-year period.