Perhaps you are not familiar with the Nursing Home Compare website administered by CMS at 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.
HARPER MILLS – Beckley, WV
Harper Mills is a 201 bed facility. The overall rating for Harper Mills is only two stars (below average). The Health Inspection score for Harper Mills is even worse, only one star (much below average). The most recent complaint inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, including the failure to write and use policies that forbid mistreatment, neglect and abuse of residents and theft of residents’ property and the failure to make sure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and risks and provides supervision to prevent avoidable accidents . Quality Measures show that Harper Mills Nursing Home has a higher percentage of long-stay residents who develop or suffer from urinary tract infections, develop pressure ulcers (also called bed sores, pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers), lose too much weight, and who lose control of their bowels. Each of these problems is likely tied to the care (or lack thereof) that is provided to Harper Mills patients.
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