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.
GOLDEN LIVING CENTER – MORGANTOWN
Golden LivingCenter – Morgantown is a 100 bed facility in Morgantown, West Virginia, owned by Golden Living. The overall rating for Golden LivingCenter – Morgantown is only one star (much below average). Likewise, the staffing score for Golden LivingCenter – Morgantown is only one star (much below average). That means there are less caregivers to provide the needed care and treatments for each resident. The health inspection score is slightly better, but still only 2 stars (below average). Inspections by State and/or Federal investigators have found 16 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, including the failure to maintain an infection control program within the facility. Staffing at Golden LivingCenter – Morgantown 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.
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