Lutheran Home for the Aged
Lutheran Home for the Aged, 800 West Oakton Street, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
Lutheran Home for the Aged has 334 certified beds that participates in both Medicare and Medicaid. The facility 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. Lutheran Home for the Aged has a resident and family council. Arlington Heights is a northwestern suburb to the City of Chicago lying about 30 miles from the center of the City of Chicago. The overall rating is much above average. The ownership of Lutheran Home for the Aged is a non-profit church related ownership.
Resident and family council can facilitate open communications with the facility’s staff. The law requires nursing homes to allow councils to be set up by residents or their families. Importantly, if a nursing home does not have a resident or a family council, the resident or a family member should ask the nursing home administrator why that is the case. Where there is no resident or family council, the resident is encouraged to speak with the council president to get a sense of how the nursing home has performed on issues raised in the past.
The Illinois Department of Health and Human Services regularly inspects Illinois nursing homes on average every 18 months. The most recent standard health inspection was completed on January 12, 2017. The health inspection rating for Lutheran Home for the Aged is average. The total number of health citations for the facility is 12. 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 were no complaint inspections filed for Lutheran Home for the Aged 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 4. The number of times in the past three years a facility-reported issue that resulted in a citation was 7.
The staffing rating for Lutheran Home for the Aged is much above average. The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day at Lutheran Home for the Aged is 1 hour and 43 minutes. The Illinois average is 1 hour and 33 minutes, with the national average being 1 hour and 41 minutes. The registered nurse hours per resident per day at the facility was 1 hour and 34 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 8 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 Lutheran Home for the Aged 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.
74.7% of Lutheran Home for the Aged’s short-stay residents showed improvement in their ability to move around on their own. This percentage was higher than both the Illinois and national averages which are 63.4% and 66.7%, respectively. 18% of Lutheran Home for the Aged’s short-stay residents were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission compared to 22.5% for the Illinois average and 21.1% for the national average. 5% of Lutheran Home for the Aged’s short-stay residents had an outpatient emergency department visit. The Illinois average is 12.1%, with the national average being 11.9% in this category. 62.4% of Lutheran Home for the Aged’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%. 93.9% of Lutheran Home for the Aged’s short-stay residents received the needed vaccine to prevent pneumonia. The Illinois average is 76.3%, with the national average being 82.8%.
Lutheran Home for the Aged 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.