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.
HEARTLAND OF CLARKSBURG (Nutter Fort, WV)
Heartland of Clarksburg is a 120 bed facility owned by HCR Manorcare. The overall rating for Heartland of Clarksburg is only two stars (below average). Its health inspections are even worse, only 1 star (much below average). Inspections by State and/or Federal investigators have found 37 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, such as repeated failures to respond to call lights in a timely fashion. Staffing at Heartland of Clarksburg 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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