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.
BARBOUR COUNTY GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY (Belington, WV)
Barbour County Good Samaritan Society is a 57 bed facility. The overall rating for Barbour County Good Samaritan Society is only one star (much below average). Its health inspections are equally bad, only 1 star (much below average). The facility is noted to be understaffed, with a ranking of only two stars (below average). Staffing at Barbour County Good Samaritan Society was also lower than both the National and the West Virginia averages for registered nurse hours per patient per day, licensed practical nurse hours per patient per day AND for certified nurses’ aide hours per patient per day. Inspections by State and/or Federal investigators have found ten health deficiencies (as compared to an average U.S. facility having only 6.8 deficiencies). The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failure to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well-being of each resident.
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