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.
BRIGHTWOOD CENTER NURSING HOME – Folansbee, WV
Brightwood Center Nursing Home is a 128 bed for-profit facility owned or operated by Genesis Healthcare. The overall rating for Brightwood Center Nursing Home is only one star (much below average). Its staffing ratios are equally bad, only 1 star (much below average). Staffing deficiencies often lead to other problems, including bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers), malnutrition, dehydration, infections, and falls. Not surprisingly, quality indicators show that Brightwood Center residents are more likely to have one or more falls with major injury than in other facilities in West Virginia or elsewhere in the United States.
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