Victorian Village Small Houses awarded 5-star rating

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (June 2016)Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center is proud to announce that it has received a five-star overall quality rating — the highest possible rating — from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

“I am very pleased with this recognition of the quality service and care that the Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center program provides,” said Dave Tiemersma, Executive Director of Victorian Village.

Small House dining

The Small House style of the Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center provides a completely different set-up than the typical nursing home: family-style meals, private rooms and bathrooms and short hallways lead to a friendly community, more personal choices, and increased independence.

According to, CMS created their Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. The Nursing Home Compare feature of the Medicare website gives each nursing home in the country a rating of between 1 and 5 stars. Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality. More information about the rating system is available on

The rating takes a few different things into account: the result of health inspections, staffing, and quality measures — which includes information on 11 different physical and clinical measures. Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center (VVHWC) received above average ratings in every area considered.

The Victorian Village Health & Wellness Center opened in Feb. 2014, the first “Small Houses” in the state of Illinois. The Small-House style at VVHWC was created to be innovative in the way it provides care. With no more than 50 total residents at any time, each person gets more personal attention and freedom to make more of his or her own choices. Each resident has a private room and bathroom, and short hallways to navigate. Meals are shared family-style, and the dinner table encourages true community for residents and staff.

This set-up allows the Health & Wellness Center to provide more hours of licensed nursing care and nearly twice as many CNA hours as the Illinois and national averages. Rehab residents also get considerably more time with physical therapy staff than the state and national averages. All of this was reflected in CMS rating.

VVHWC also showed better-than-average results in many other categories: fewer residents suffer falls or make trips to the emergency room, and fewer are exhibiting depressive symptoms or require anti-anxiety medication. More clients improve and return to the greater community.

“This affirms the patient-centered care model that the Small House philosophy represents and all of the hard work that the leadership team has spent in implementing it,” Dave said. “I am glad to see that this first-ever model for the State of Illinois has been awarded this high honor. Congratulations to all of the staff for making it possible!”

Because VVHWC is still a new community, this is the first rating they have received from CMS.

More information about the Small Houses is available here.


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