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.