Symphony of Buffalo Grove
Symphony of Buffalo Grove 200 certified beds that participates in both Medicare and Medicaid. Buffalo Grove is a northwestern suburb to the City of Chicago lying approximately 32.6 miles from the center of the City of Chicago. Symphony of Buffalo Grove is not in a Continuing Care Retirement Community. The advantage of a Continuing Care Retirement Community is that it allows a resident to move from one level to another based on their particular medical needs. For example, an individual resident may come to the nursing home as an independent living arrangement but later because of illness or injury requires assisted living or critical nursing care. In those instances, the resident can simply move to a different wing of the nursing home rather than to move out into another facility.
Symphony of Buffalo Grove has a resident and family council. 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 overall rating for Symphony of Buffalo Grove is above average.
The Illinois Department of Health and Human Services regularly inspects Illinois nursing homes on average every 18 months. The most recent standard health inspection with a full report was filed on February 8, 2017 with a total number of 10 health citations. The average number of health citations in Illinois is 9.1. The average number of health citations in the U.S. is 7.2. The health inspection rating for Symphony of Buffalo Grove is average. In addition to the regular health inspections, complaint inspections may be prompted by a complaint filed by a resident or a loved one with the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services. There were two such reports filed between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017. Over the last three years, complaints resulted in 8 citations at Symphony of Buffalo Grove. There were no facility-reported issues resulting in a citation in the past three years.
The staffing rating at Symphony of Buffalo Grove is below average receiving just two stars out of a possible five. The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day at Symphony of Buffalo Grove is 1 hour and 12 minutes compared to 1 hour and 33 minutes being the Illinois average and 1 hour and 41 minutes being the national average. The registered nurse hours per resident per day at Symphony of Buffalo Grove is 42 minutes. The Illinois average is 56 minutes, with the national average of being 50 minutes. The physical therapy staff hours per resident per day for Symphony of Buffalo Grove is 24 minutes compared to just 6 minutes for both the Illinois average and national 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.
72.2% of Symphony of Buffalo Grove’s short-stay residents improved 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. 21% of Symphony of Buffalo Grove’s short-stay residents were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission. The Illinois average is 22.5%, with the national average being 21.1%. 54.9% of Symphony of Buffalo Grove’s short-stay residents were successfully discharged to the community. The Illinois average is 53.8% and the national average is 57%. 73% of Symphony of Buffalo Grove’s short-stay residents received a needed vaccine to prevent pneumonia. The Illinois average in this category is 76.3% and the national average is 82.8%.
3.2% of Symphony of Buffalo Grove’s long-stay high-risk residents developed pressure ulcers while a resident of the facility. The Illinois average in this category is 5.8%, with the national average being 5.6%. Pressure ulcers are areas of the skin that are damaged by staying in one position. High-risk residents have at least one some of the conditions such as malnutrition, impaired mobility or simply being too ill or injured to move frequently. 9.5% of Symphony of Buffalo Grove’s long-stay residents had an increased need to for help with daily activities. The Illinois average is 14.4%, with the national average being 15.1% in this category. 94.4% of Symphony of Buffalo Grove’s long-stay residents received a needed flu shot for the current flu season. The Illinois average is 92.8%, with the national average being 94.8%.
Symphony of Buffalo Grove 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.