A representative from Alden Management Services promised capital improvements to two of its majority-black nursing homes and outreach to area churches, but did not pledge to hire additional staff in a meeting Friday with elected officials and Illinois Department of Public Health leaders.
Senator Jacqueline Collins, Rep. Andre Thapedi and Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold and an inspector from the department met with a representative of nursing homes owned by Floyd A. Schlossberg to address staffing disparities between the three homes where a majority of the residents are black-Alden Wentworth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Alden Princeton Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and Heather Health Care Center in Harvey-and several where the majority of residents are white.
Schlossberg is the largest nursing home owner in the Chicago area and the second-largest owner in the state.
Each of the three majority-black homes he owns earned the lowest overall rating from Nursing Home Compare, a federal database to evaluate nursing homes. Two nursing homes in Evanston and Skokie where at least 84 percent of the residents are white received the top mark.
In May the Reporter identified substantial differences in the amount of daily care residents received at the three black homes compared with the Evanston and Skokie facilities.
“We want them to shoot for places that I would want to have my father go to, and that’s where it is now,” Lyle said.
The Alden Management Services representative said he shared that goal, according to Lyle. He explained that the company wants to remain in the community and will reach out to churches in the area and will perform capital improvements.
The representative did not commit to hiring additional staff for the majority-black facilities, though, saying that the staffing levels are adequate for the type of care that is needed at those homes, according to Lyle.
Alden Management Services did not return repeated calls for comment