Mercy Circle, 3659 W. 99th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60655
Mercy Circle is a nursing facility with 22 certified beds. The facility is within a continuing care retirement community. Mercy Circle participates in Medicare and Medicaid. The ownership is a non-profit corporation. Mercy Circle is located in the Beverly neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. The overall rating of Mercy Circle is much above average.
The Illinois Department of Health and Human Services regularly inspects Illinois nursing homes on average every 18 months. Mercy Circle had no complaint inspections held at its facility between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016. Complaints of any kind that are registered with the Illinois Department Health and Human Services will result in what is known as complaint inspections. There was a health inspection conducted that resulted in a full report filed on December 4, 2015. At this health inspection, there were no deficiencies found.
Mercy Circle has a resident and family council. Residents and family council can arrange for communications with the facility’s staff. Illinois and federal law requires nursing homes to allow councils to be set up by residents and families. It is always a good idea to consult with the administrator of the nursing facility to know whether or not the nursing home has a resident and family council. If there is not a council in place at the nursing home you are interested in or have a loved one residing, speak to a council president to find out how the nursing home has acted and why it doesn’t have a council in place.
The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day for Illinois is 1 hour and 33 minutes. The national average is 1 hour and 42 minutes. There were no statistics in this category available for Mercy Circle.
Under federal law, all nursing homes, including those in Illinois, are required to have enough staff to sufficiently and safely care for its nursing home and long-term 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 aides 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 to specialize. 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.
100% of Mercy Circle’s short-stay residents were assessed and given the appropriate seasonal influenza vaccine. The Illinois average at 75.1% and the national average of 80.1%.
100% of Mercy Circle’s long-stay residents were assessed and given the appropriate flu vaccine. The Illinois average is 92.8% and the national average is 94.5%. 98.2% of Mercy Circle’s long-stay residents were assessed and given the appropriate pneumococcal vaccine. Again, this percentage was higher than both the Illinois and national averages. 15% of Mercy Circle’s long-stay high-risk residents developed pressure ulcers. This percentage at Mercy Circle was more than twice as high as the Illinois average of 6.3% and the national average of 5.8% of long-stay residents with pressure ulcers.
Mercy Circle’s long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened was 40.4%. This was significantly higher on average than the Illinois reported average of 17.9% and the national average of 18.2% of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened. 14.6% of Mercy Circle’s long-stay residents had an increased need for help with daily activities. This was slightly lower than both the Illinois average of 15.7% and the U.S. average of 15.4% in this category.
Mercy Circle 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.