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.
ELKINS REGIONAL CONVALESCENT CENTER (Elkins, WV)
Elkins Regional Convalescent Center is a 111 bed facility. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failing to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care, failure to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well-being for each resident, and failing to provide residents proper treatment to prevent new bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) or heal existing bed sores. Staffing at Elkins Regional Convalescent Center was also lower than both the National and the West Virginia averages for registered nurse hours per patient per day and licensed practical nurse hours per patient per day.
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