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 PRESTON COUNTY (Kingwood, WV)
Heartland of Preston County is a 120 bed facility. Staffing at Heartland of Preston County rates only one star (much below average). Quality measures indicate that more long term residents at Heartland of Preston County need more help with their activities of daily living than residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. Likewise, more residents at Heartland of Preston County lose too much weight 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 provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well-being for each resident.
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