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.
GLENVILLE CENTER (Glenville, WV)
Glenville Center is a 65 bed facility. Staffing at Glenville Center merited only one star (much below average) on the Nursing Home Compare website. In fact, staffing ratios were lower than both the National and the West Virginia averages for registered nurse hours per patient per day, LPN hours per patient per day, and for certified nurses’ aide hours per patient per day. Quality measures indicate that more short stay residents at Glenville Center develop new or worsened pressure ulcers (also called bed sores, pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers) than residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. Likewise, more long term residents at Glenville Center are in moderate to severe pain and have depressive symptoms than 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 have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infections from spreading.
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