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Nursing Homes Abuse Blog By Jonathan Rosenfeld

Blacks Receive Inferior Care At Most Nursing Homes

Posted in Alden Nursing Homes, National Nursing Home Issue & For-Profit Chains

A very informative, and frankly disheartening, investigative article on race in Chicago Nursing Homes was recently published in The Chicago Reporter.  The article’s author, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, concluded that black nursing home residents received inferior care compared to their counterparts in predominately white facilities– even when the facilities were owned by the same person.

Lowenstein analyzed the care rendered to residents at Alden Nursing Home, a well known chain of Chicago facilities owned by Floyd Schlossberg.  Lowenstein obviously did his homework, he analyzed data from: the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website, staffing levels on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Nursing Home Compare) and racial composition data from the Department of Community Health at Brown University.

The research conducted by Lowenstein, reveals the following disparities between predominately black v. predominately white nursing homes:

  • Each of the three predominantly black facilities received the lowest possible rating in 2009 from Nursing Home Compare, a federal database to evaluate nursing homes that are Medicare- and Medicaid-certified. Less than half of Schlossberg’s 16 predominantly white facilities received that same rating.
  • Two facilities received the highest ratings. At both facilities, located in Evanston and Skokie, at least 84 percent of the residents were white.
  • Residents at Schlossberg’s predominantly black homes received much less staff time than residents of his predominantly white facilities. For example, residents at Alden Estates of Evanston received an average of 5.53 hours of care per day, compared with 2.04 hours at the Greater Grand Crossing facility and 1.73 hours at the Heather Health Care Center in Harvey, which are both predominantly black. The combined total of daily care given at the three, predominantly-black homes was just 19 minutes more each day than the time at the predominantly-white facility in Evanston.
  • Sclossberg’s predominately black facilities has three times as many lawsuits filed against them as half of other Chicago nursing homes.

I hope the public will put pressure on Schlossberg to raise standards in all of his facilities.  Why should the quality of care be based on race?

Resources:

Disparate Nursing Home Care, by Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Map Of Alden Nursing Homes and racial composition, from The Chicago Reporter

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See the Alden facilities below:

ALDEN OF WATERFORD
2021 RANDI DRIVE AURORA 60505 County: Kane Predominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.74
2021 RANDI DRIVE
AURORA 60505

County: Kane
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.74

ALDEN ESTATES OF BARRINGTON
1420 SOUTH BARRINGTON ROAD BARRINGTON 60010 County: LakePredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.59
1420 SOUTH BARRINGTON ROAD
BARRINGTON 60010

County: Lake
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.59

ALDEN VALLEY RIDGE REHAB & HCC
275 EAST ARMY TRAIL ROAD BLOOMINGDALE 60108 County: DuPagePredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 1.93
275 EAST ARMY TRAIL ROAD
BLOOMINGDALE 60108

County: DuPage
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 1.93

ALDEN WENTWORTH REHAB & HCC
201 WEST 69TH STREET CHICAGO 60621 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: Black Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.04
201 WEST 69TH STREET
CHICAGO 60621

County: Cook
Predominant Race of Residents: Black
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.04

ALDEN PRINCETON REHAB & HCC
255 WEST 69TH STREET CHICAGO 60621 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: Black Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.08
255 WEST 69TH STREET
CHICAGO 60621

County: Cook
Predominant Race of Residents: Black
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.08

ALDEN NORTHMOOR REHAB & HCC
5831 NORTH NORTHWEST HIGHWAY CHICAGO 60631 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.37
5831 NORTH NORTHWEST HIGHWAY
CHICAGO 60631

County: Cook
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.37

ALDEN LAKELAND REHAB & HCC
820 WEST LAWRENCE CHICAGO 60640 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: Mixed Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.46
820 WEST LAWRENCE
CHICAGO 60640

County: Cook
Predominant Race of Residents: Mixed
Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.46

ALDEN LINCOLN REHAB & H C CTR
504 WEST WELLINGTON AVENUE CHICAGO 60657 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.04
504 WEST WELLINGTON AVENUE
CHICAGO 60657

County: Cook
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.04

ALDEN TOWN MANOR REHAB & HCC
6120 WEST OGDEN CICERO 60804 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: Mixed Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.47
6120 WEST OGDEN
CICERO 60804

County: Cook
Predominant Race of Residents: Mixed
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.47

ALDEN DES PLAINES REHAB & HC
1221 EAST GOLF ROAD DES PLAINES 60016 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.65
1221 EAST GOLF ROAD
DES PLAINES 60016

County: Cook
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.65

ALDEN ESTATES OF EVANSTON
2520 GROSS POINT ROAD EVANSTON 60201 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 5.53
2520 GROSS POINT ROAD
EVANSTON 60201

County: Cook
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 5.53

HEATHER HEALTH CARE CENTER
15600 SOUTH HONORE STREET HARVEY 60426 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: Black Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 1.73
15600 SOUTH HONORE STREET
HARVEY 60426

County: Cook
Predominant Race of Residents: Black
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 1.73

ALDEN POPLAR CREEK REHAB & HCC
1545 BARRINGTON ROAD HOFFMAN ESTATES 60194 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.26
1545 BARRINGTON ROAD
HOFFMAN ESTATES 60194

County: Cook
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.26

ALDEN LONG GROVE REHAB &HC CTR
BOX 2308 RFD HICKS ROAD LONG GROVE 60047 County: LakePredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.78
BOX 2308 RFD HICKS ROAD
LONG GROVE 60047

County: Lake
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.78

ALDEN TERRACE OF MCHENRY REHAB
803 ROYAL DRIVE MCHENRY 60050 County: McHenryPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.2
803 ROYAL DRIVE
MCHENRY 60050

County: McHenry
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.2

ALDEN NAPERVILLE REHAB & HCC
1525 SOUTH OXFORD LANE NAPERVILLE 60565 County: DuPagePredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 1.89
1525 SOUTH OXFORD LANE
NAPERVILLE 60565

County: DuPage
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 1.89

ALDEN ORLAND PARK REHAB & HCC
16450 SOUTH 97TH AVENUE ORLAND PARK 60462 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.92
16450 SOUTH 97TH AVENUE
ORLAND PARK 60462

County: Cook
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.92

ALDEN ALMA NELSON MANOR
550 SOUTH MULFORD AVENUE ROCKFORD 61108 County: Winnebago Predominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.03
550 SOUTH MULFORD AVENUE
ROCKFORD 61108

County: Winnebago
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 3.03

ALDEN PARK STRATHMOOR
5668 STRATHMOOR DRIVE ROCKFORD 61107 County: WinnebagoPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.54
5668 STRATHMOOR DRIVE
ROCKFORD 61107

County: Winnebago
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: 2.54

ALDEN ESTATES OF SKOKIE
4660 OLD ORCHARD ROAD SKOKIE 60076 County: CookPredominant Race of Residents: White Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: N/A
4660 OLD ORCHARD ROAD
SKOKIE 60076

County: Cook
Predominant Race of Residents: White
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Staff Hours Per Resident Per Day: N/A

ALDEN NORTH SHORE REHAB & HCC
5050 WEST TOUHY AVENUE SKOKIE 60077  

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