Dobson Plaza, 120 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60202
Dobson Plaza has 97 certified beds. It participates in both Medicare and Medicaid. The ownership of this facility is a for-profit corporation. Its overall rating is above average. Dobson Plaza is located in the City of Evanston, on its southwest side, just outside the northern border with the City of Chicago.
The Illinois Department of Health and Human Services regularly inspects Illinois nursing homes on average every 18 months. One such inspection was held and filed on July 16, 2016 for Dobson Plaza. In this report there were no health deficiencies. On the other hand, when there was a fire safety summary presented, there were 8 fire safety deficiencies at this nursing home. The average number of fire safety deficiencies in Illinois is 6.5. The average number of fire safety deficiencies in the U.S. is 3.3.
The staffing rating at Dobson Plaza is below average. The registered nurse staffing rating is above average. The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day at Dobson Plaza is 58 minutes. The Illinois average is 1 hour and 33 minutes and the national average is 1 hour and 42 minutes. The Dobson Plaza average for registered nurse hours per resident per day is 49 minutes. This average is lower than the Illinois average at 56 minutes and the national average of 51 minutes for registered nurse hours per resident per day. The average number of certified nursing assistant (CNA) hours per resident per day at Dobson Plaza was 1 hour and 48 minutes. The Illinois average is 2 hours and 15 minutes. As for physical therapy staff hours per resident per day at Dobson Plaza, 4 minutes was its average compared to the Illinois and national averages of 6 minutes each.
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.
25% of Dobson Plaza short-stay residents were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission. This percentage was slightly higher than both the Illinois and national averages in this category. 2% of Dobson Plaza’s short-stay residents had an outpatient emergency department visit. This percentage was substantially lower than both the Illinois average of 12.1% and the national average of 11.5%. 100% of Dobson Plaza’s short-stay were assessed and given the appropriate pneumococcal vaccine. This percentage was a perfect score and considerably higher than both the Illinois average of 77.2% and the national average of 81.4%.
2.4% of Dobson Plaza’s long-stay experienced one or more falls with major injury. 18.2% of Dobson Plaza’s long-stay residents experienced a urinary tract infection. This percentage was considerably higher than both the Illinois and national averages which were both at 8.4% in this category. 77% of Dobson Plaza ‘s long-stay residents were those who lost control of their bowels and bladder. This percentage was much higher than the Illinois and national averages in this category. 11.7% of Dobson Plaza’s long-stay residents’ ability to move independently worsened. This percentage was lower than both the Illinois and national averages in this category where both registered above 15%. Dobson Plaza’s long-stay residents were assessed and given the appropriate seasonal vaccine at the average of 99.5%. This percentage was much higher than both the Illinois and national averages in this category. As for the appropriate giving of the pneumococcal vaccine of the long-stay residents at Dobson Plaza, it scored 100%. Again, this scored higher than the Illinois and national average in this category.
Dobson Plaza 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.