Bria of Chicago Heights
Bria of Chicago Heights has 112 certified beds and participates in both Medicare and Medicaid. The facility is located in South Chicago Heights, which is a southern suburb to the City of Chicago lying approximately 33.5 miles from the center of the City of Chicago. The overall rating for Bria of Chicago Heights is average. Bria of Chicago Heights is not in a Continuing Care Retirement Community. That being the case, this nursing facility allows residents to move from one level of care to another based on their particular medical needs while staying in the same continuing care retirement community. Bria of Chicago Heights has a resident council only.
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 most recent standard health inspection full report was filed on May 19, 2017 showing 15 health citations. That total of health citations comes from the most recent standard inspection and any complaint inspections in the past year. The average number of health citations in Illinois is 9.1. The average number of health citations in the U.S. is 7.2. In addition to the standard health inspection, complaint inspections can occur if a resident, loved one or relative of a resident submits a complaint to the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services which will result in an inspection. Between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017, there were three full reports of complaint inspections. The number of complaints in the past three years that resulted in a citation was 11. The number of times in the past three years a facility-reported issue resulted in a citation was 3.
The staffing rating for Bria of Chicago Heights is above average. The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day at Bria of Chicago Heights is 1 hour and 12 minutes compared to 1 hour and 33 minutes for the Illinois average and 1 hour and 41 minutes for the national average. The registered nurse hours per resident per day at Bria of Chicago Heights is 36 minutes. The Illinois average is 56 minutes, with the national average being 50 minutes. There is no physical therapy staff hours per resident per day at Bria of Chicago Heights. Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals providing treatment to help residents regain and maintain physical functions. In this category, the time shows the average time physical therapists providing care to residents throughout the nursing home. Not all residents of nursing homes require physical therapy.
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.
58.3% of Bria of Chicago Heights’s short-stay residents improved in their ability to move around on their own. The Illinois average is higher at 63.4% and the national average is even higher yet at 66.7%. 25.4% of Bria of Chicago Heights’s short-stay residents were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission compared to 22.5% for the Illinois average and 21.1 being the national average. 97.9% of Bria of Chicago Heights’s short-stay residents were successfully discharged to the community. The Illinois average is far below that at 53.8% as is the national average at 57%.
2.5% of Bria of Chicago Heights’s long-stay residents experienced one or more falls with major injury. The Illinois average is higher at 3.4%. 2.2% of Bria of Chicago Heights’s long-stay high-risk residents developed pressure ulcers. The Illinois average is 5.8%, with the national average being 5.6%. Pressure ulcers are areas of damaged skin caused by lying or staying in one position for too long. High-risk residents are those who have an impaired mobility, difficulty in nourishment and hydration or may be immobilized by other illness or physical injury. 21.8% of Bria of Chicago Heights’s long-stay residents had a worsened ability to move independently compared to 17.2% for the Illinois average and 18.3% for the national average. 100% Bria of Chicago Heights’s long-stay residents received a needed vaccine to prevent pneumonia. The Illinois average is 91.6%, with the national average being 94%.
Bria of Chicago Heights 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.