Perhaps you are not familiar with the Nursing Home Compare website administered by Medicare.gov. Nursing Home Compare is designed to allow the public to understand certain information about nursing homes so consumers can make wise choices when deciding where they may want to put a loved one who needs rehabilitation or long term care services. While the information contained on Nursing Home Compare is not perfect (see our previous post regarding some facilities intentionally misleading the public using the website), it is a great tool to allow you to see a snapshot of a facility’s staffing, health inspections, and quality measures. This information is available at http://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html.
ARBORS AT FAIRMONT
Arbors at Fairmont is a 120 bed facility in Fairmont, West Virginia. The overall rating for Arbors at Fairmont is only two stars (below average). Its health inspections are also 2 stars (below average). Staffing is two stars (below average) as well. It is well-known that understaffing often leads to the development and progression of bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers). The staffing information contained on Nursing Home Compare appears to be inaccurate for Arbors at Fairmont. It is listed as having only 1 minute of CNA nursing care hours per patient per day. While the number is most likely lower than the West Virginia and National average, it would strain logic to believe that only 1 minute of CNA time is provided per patient per day. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failure to write and use policies that forbid mistreatment, neglect and abuse of residents and theft of resident’s property.
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