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The Mather

The Mather, 425 Davis Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201

The Mather has 37 certified beds which participates in Medicare only. The facility is within a continuing care retirement community. It has resident council only. The ownership of The Mather is a non-profit corporation. The overall rating of The Mather is much above average.

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 Illinois Department of Health and Human Services regularly inspects Illinois nursing homes on average every 18 months. In addition, the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services will investigate any complaints against a nursing home or long-term facility. Between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016, there were no complaints resulting in inspections for The Mather.

With respect to the health inspections, there was one report of a nutrition and dietary deficiency. A full report was found on May 6, 2016. Based on observation, interview and record review, the facility failed to ensure that food sanitary practices were implemented and also failed to store and label perishable food in the refrigerator in the kitchen area. The Mather was encouraged to follow safe food handling. This would mean to follow the policy wherein food is denoted with marked expiration dates. In addition, these expiration dates should be checked regularly and use the food before the date of expiration is shown. In proper food handling, leftovers must be dated, labeled, cooled, properly covered and stored in a refrigerator or freezer. Leftovers are to be labeled, dated and used within three days, according to its policy.

The staffing rating at The Mather is considered much above average. The registered nurse staffing rating is also much above average. The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day at The Mather was 2 hour and 39 minutes. This is more than an hour longer than the Illinois average of 1 hour and 33 minutes. The registered nurse hours per resident per day at The Mather is 2 hours and 39 minutes. This category of registered hours per resident per day compares very favorably against the Illinois average of 56 minutes and the national average of 51 minutes. The certified nursing aide hours per resident per day at The Mather was 3 hours and 39 minutes. Again this category at The Mather is exceptional. The Illinois average is 2 hours and 16 minutes and the national average is 2 hours and 28 minutes. At The Mather the physical therapy staff hours per resident per day was listed at 6 minutes. The Illinois and national averages are both 6 minutes. It is obvious that The Mather deserves its much above average rating for staffing and registered nurse staffing.

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.

The Mather’s short-stay residents who made improvements in function was 79.2%. The Mather’s average here was much higher than the Illinois and U.S. averages of 60.1% and 63.3%, respectively. 29.4% of The Mather’s short-stay residents were re-hospitalized after a nursing home admission. This percentage was slightly higher than the Illinois and U.S. averages. 8.9% of The Mather’s short-stay residents had an outpatient emergency department visit. The Illinois average is 12.1%. 55.9% of The Mather’s short-stay residents were successfully discharged to the community. This percentage was on par with both the Illinois and national averages.

The Mather ‘s long-stay residents who experienced one or more falls causing major injury was at 7%. The Illinois and national averages are just 3.3%. 7% of The Mather’s long-stay high-risk residents developed pressure sores while a resident there. This percentage at The Mather was higher than the Illinois and national averages which were 6.3% and 5.8%, respectively. 34.4% of The Mather long-stay residents showed that their ability to move independently worsened. The Illinois average is 17.9% and the national average is 18.2% in this category. The Mather’s residents whose ability to move independently nearly doubled the state and U.S. averages.

92.1% of The Mather’s long-stay residents were assessed and given the appropriate influenza vaccine. 95.8% of The Mather’s long-stay residents were given the appropriate pneumococcal vaccine.

The website Medicare.gov/NursingHomeCompare is an excellent source of information on Illinois nursing homes. In fact, there are bar graphs that show the comparisons of The Mather with Illinois reporting nursing homes and reporting U.S. nursing homes. The visual graphs are shown in color and are excellent in displaying the comparisons in a variety of categories.

The Mather 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.

1 Vital Statistics
Number of Beds: 37 certified bedsinformation

Beds in the nursing home that have been approved by the federal government to participate in Medicare or Medicaid.

Accepts: Medicareinformation

Shows if the nursing home participates in the Medicare, Medicaid, or both.

2 Key Ratings
Star Rating Summary
Overall Rating information

Medicare assigns the overall star rating based on a nursing homes's performance on 3 separate measures: Health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. Each of these domains have their own star ratings, with more stars meaning better quality of care

Five Stars Much Above Average
Health Inspection information

Medicare assigns the star rating based on a nursing home’s weighted score from recent health inspections. More stars means fewer health risks

Four Stars Above Average
Staffing information

Medicare assigns the star rating based on the nursing home’s staffing hours for Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practice Nurses (LPNs), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), and Nurse aides. More stars means a better level of staffing per nursing home resident

Five Stars Much Above Average
RN Staffing Five Stars Much Above Average
Quality Measures information

Medicare assigns the star rating based on data from a select set of clinical data measures. More stars means better quality of care

Three Stars Average
3 Key Short Stay Statistics
Description Mather, The Illinois
Average
Percent of short-stay residents who self-report moderate to severe pain
Lower percentages are better.
5.1% 10.2%
Percentage of SNF residents with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened
Lower percentages are better.
3.3% Not Available
Percent of short-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the seasonal influenza vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
100.0% 72.8%
Percent of short-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the pneumococcal vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
91.2% 74.7%
Percentage of short-stay residents who got antipsychotic medication for the first time
Lower percentages are better.
5.3% 2.1%
4 Key Long Stay Statistics
Description Mather, The Illinois
Average
Percent of long-stay residents experiencing one or more falls with major injury
Lower percentages are better.
15.6% 3.3%
Percent of long-stay residents with a urinary tract infection
Lower percentages are better.
2.1% 3.1%
Percent of long-stay residents who self-report moderate to severe pain
Lower percentages are better.
5.2% 4.9%
Percent of long-stay high-risk residents with pressure ulcers
Lower percentages are better.
6.7% 7.6%
Percent of long-stay low-risk residents who lose control of their bowels or bladder
Lower percentages are better.
45.8% 46.1%
Percent of long-stay residents who have or had a catheter inserted and left in their bladder
Lower percentages are better.
0.0% 2.4%
Percent of long-stay residents who were physically restrained
Lower percentages are better.
0.0% 0.3%
Percentage of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened
Lower percentages are better.
28.0% 16.5%
Percent of long-stay residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased
Lower percentages are better.
16.9% 13.8%
Percent of long-stay residents who lose too much weight
Lower percentages are better.
10.0% 6.3%
Percent of long-stay residents who have depressive symptoms
Lower percentages are better.
0.0% 19.2%
Percentage of long-stay residents who received an antianxiety or hypnotic medication
Lower percentages are better.
15.9% 20.2%
Percent of long-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the seasonal influenza vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
96.6% 92.9%
Percent of long-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the pneumococcal vaccine
Higher percentages are better.
100.0% 89.7%
Percent of long-stay residents who received an antipsychotic medication
Lower percentages are better.
16.7% 18.8%
5 Inspection Summary

Date of standard health inspection: 04/25/2018
Total number of health deficiencies: 4
Average number of health deficiencies in Illinois: 10.6

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