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.
BRAXTON HEALTH CARE CENTER (Sutton, WV)
Braxton Health Care Center is a 65 bed facility. The overall rating for Braxton Health Care Center is only one star (much below average). Its health inspections are equally bad, only 1 star (much below average). Staffing at Braxton Health Care Center is only two stars (below average). In fact, Braxton Health Care Center was also lower than both the National and the West Virginia averages for registered 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 26 health deficiencies (as compared to an average U.S. facility having only 6.8 deficiencies). Quality measures indicate that more long term residents at Braxton Health Care Center have urinary tract infections, are in moderate to severe pain, lose control of their bowels or bladder, and lose too much weight, when compared to residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failing to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed sores (also known as pressure sores, decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers) or heal existing bed sores.
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