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 – RIVERSIDE – St. Albans, WV (Kanawha County)
Golden LivingCenter – Riverside is a 102 bed facility operated by Genesis Healthcare. The overall rating for Golden LivingCenter – Riverside is only two stars (below average). Its health inspections are equally bad, only 2 stars (below average). The staffing rating for Golden LivingCenter – Riverside is only two stars (below average). In fact, the staffing at Putnam Center is lower than the West Virginia and National averages for LPNs and CNAs. This is problematic because staffing is closely tied to the development of bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers), malnutrition, dehydration, infections, loss of mobility, and falls. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as the failure to make sure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and risks and provides supervision to prevent avoidable accidents and the failure to have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infections from spreading. Quality measures also indicate that more residents of Golden LivingCenter – Riverside have historically suffered from urinary tract infections, suffer from moderate to severe pain, develop bed sores, lose control of their bowels, and need an indwelling catheter.
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