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 MARIETTA (Marietta, OH)
Arbors at Marietta is a 150 bed facility. The quality measures for Arbors at Marietta was only one star (much below average). The quality measures show that a higher percentage of short stay residents at Arbors of Marietta has new or worsened pressure ulcers (also known as bed sores, pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers). For long stay residents, quality measures show a higher percentage of residents at Arbors of Marietta develop urinary tract infections (UTIs), report moderate or severe pain, develop pressure ulcers, lose control of their bowel or bladder, have a catheter inserted, are physically restrained, and received antipsychotic medication. Staffing at Arbors at Marietta was also lower than both the National and the Ohio averages for licensed practical nurse (LPN) hours per patient per day and certified nurses’ aides (CNAs) hours per patient per day.
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