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.
HERITAGE CENTER – Huntington, WV
Heritage Center Nursing Home is a for-profit 160 bed nursing home in Huntington, West Virginia. The overall rating for Heritage Center Nursing Home is only one star (much below average). The staffing score for Heritage Center Nursing Home is also only one star (much below average). That means there are less caregivers to provide the needed care and treatments for each resident, which increases the risks of suffering bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers), malnutrition, dehydration, contractures, infections, and injuries falls. The score for Health Inspections is also only one star (much below average). In fact, the most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, including the failure to make sure there is a pest control program to prevent/deal with mice, insects, or other pests. Finally, Heritage Center Nursing Home received only one star (much below average) for quality indicators. In other words, Heritage Center Nursing Home got the lowest score possible on every category measured by the federal government.
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