Covenant Health Care Center
Covenant Health Care Center – Northbrook, 2155 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Covenant Health Care Center – Northbrook has an overall rating of much above average. The facility has 102 certified beds that participates in both Medicare and Medicaid. The facility is within a Continuing Care Retirement Community. It has a resident council only. Northbrook is a northern suburb to Chicago approximately 24.7 miles from the center of the City of Chicago. The official name of the facility is Covenant Health Care Center, Inc.
Resident and family councils can facilitate communications with the staff which is very valuable to residents and families. Illinois law requires nursing homes to allow councils to be set up by residents and their families. If your nursing home does not have a resident and family council, ask the nursing home administrator why that is the case.
The Illinois Department of Health and Human Services regularly inspects Illinois nursing homes on average every 18 months. The last report of a health inspection was made for Covenant Health Care Center on May 25, 2017. There was a total of three health deficiencies that were identified. These deficiencies were in quality care, nutrition and dietary and one in environmental. The average number of health deficiencies in Illinois nursing homes is 8.8. The average number of health deficiencies in the U.S. is 7.3. In addition to the regular health inspections, a complaint inspection may take place when a resident or family member files a complaint regarding a facility. There were no such complaint inspections done for Covenant Health Care Center between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017. The health inspection rating for this facility is above average. Medicare assigns the star rating based on a nursing home’s weighted score from the most recent health inspections. The more stars a nursing home is an assigned, the fewer health risks there are. It is a valuable way in which to vet nursing homes.
The staffing rating at Covenant Health Care Center is above average. The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day is 1 hour and 33 minutes. The Illinois average is 1 hour and 32 minutes and the national average is 1 hour and 41 minutes. The total number of registered nurse hours per resident per day at the facility was 1 hour and 15 minutes compared to the Illinois’ average of 55 minutes and the national average of 50 minutes. The CNA hours per resident per day at Covenant Health Care Center is reported to be 2 hours and 16 minutes compared to the Illinois average of 2 hours and 14 minutes. The physical therapy staff hours per resident per day at Covenant Health Care Center is 11 minutes compared to six minutes for both the Illinois and national averages.
The nursing homes that are certified by Medicare and Medicaid report clinical information for each of their residents to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS assigns nursing homes a quality of resident care star rating based on their performance on sixteen measures. These measures reflect how well a nursing home cares for its residents. There is data collected for two groups of residents which include short-stay residents and long-stay residents who spend more than 100 days in the nursing home. Short-stay residents are those who spend less than 100 days at a nursing home.
70.5% of the Covenant Health Care Center’s short-stay residents improved in their ability to move around on their own compared to the Illinois average of 62.4%. 24% of the facility’s short-stay residents were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission compared to Illinois’ average of 22.5% and the national average of 21.1%. 15.3% of Covenant Health Care Center’s short-stay residents had an outpatient emergency department visit compared to 12% for the Illinois average and 11.9% for the national average. 63.2% of the facility’s short-stay residents were successfully discharged to the community. The Illinois average is 53.8% with the national average being 57%. 87.8% of Covenant Health Care Center’s short-stay residents who needed and received a vaccine to prevent pneumonia was higher than both the Illinois and national averages which are 76.5% and 82.5%, respectively.
3.3% of Covenant Health Care Center’s long-stay high-risk residents developed pressure ulcers during their residency. The Illinois and national averages are both higher at 5.9% and 5.7%, respectively. 92.9% of Covenant Health Care Center’s long-stay residents who needed and received a flu shot for the current flu season which was just slightly higher than the Illinois average and just slightly lower than the national average. 98.4% of the facility’s long-stay residents who needed and received a vaccine to prevent pneumonia was higher than both the Illinois and national averages in this category.
Covenant Health Care Center 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.