Wheaton Care Center
Wheaton Care Center, 1325 Manchester Road, Wheaton, Illinois 60165
Wheaton Care Center has 123 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. Wheaton Care Center has a resident council only. 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. Wheaton Care Center is located in Wheaton, Illinois, which is a western suburb to the City of Chicago approximately 31.7 miles from the center of the City of Chicago. The overall rating for Wheaton Care Center is much below average.
The Illinois Department of Health and Human Services regularly inspects Illinois nursing homes on average every 18 months. The last health inspection done for Wheaton Care Center was filed on August 31, 2017 showing 8 health citations. The average number of health citations in Illinois following a standard health inspection is 9.1. The average number of health citations following a health inspection in the U.S. is 7.2. In addition, a complaint inspection was filed on March 14, 2017 for the period between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017. Complaint inspections of an Illinois nursing home can occur if a resident, loved one or relative of a resident submits a complaint to the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services which will result in an inspection. In the past 3 years, there have been six complaints that resulted in citations at Wheaton Care Center.
The staffing rating for Wheaton Care Center is much below average. The total number of licensed nurse staff hours per resident per day at Wheaton Care Center is 57 minutes compared to 1 hour and 33 minutes for the Illinois average and 1 hour and 41 minutes being the national average. The physical therapy staff hours per resident per day at this facility is 3 minutes compared to the Illinois and national averages which are both 6 minutes each. The CNA resident hours per resident per day at Wheaton Care Center is 1 hour and 22 minutes compared to 2 hours and 14 minutes for the Illinois average and 2 hours and 27 minutes being the national average. The registered nurse hours per resident per day at Wheaton Care Center is 17 minutes compared to 56 minutes for the Illinois 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.
10.2% of Wheaton Care Center’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%. 36.6% of Wheaton Care Center’s short-stay residents were successfully discharged to the community. The Illinois average is 53.8%. 74% of Wheaton Care Center’s short-stay residents received a needed flu shot for the current flu season. The national average is 80.6%.
7.2% of Wheaton Care Center’s long-stay residents reported moderate to severe pain. The Illinois average is 4.4%, with the national average being 5.9%. 4.7% of Wheaton Care Center’s long-stay high-risk residents developed pressure ulcers. The Illinois average is 5.8% and the national average is 5.6%. 21.5% of Wheaton Care Center’s long-stay residents had a worsened ability to move independently compared to 17.2% for the Illinois average and 18.3% for the national average. 21.3% of Wheaton Care Center’s long-stay residents had an increased need for help with daily activities compared to 14.4% for the Illinois average and 15.1% for the national average. 98.7% of the facility’s long-stay residents received a needed vaccine to prevent pneumonia. This percentage was higher than both the Illinois and national averages which are 91.6% and 94%, respectively.
Wheaton Care Center 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.