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.
HOLBROOK NURSING HOME (Buckhannon, WV)
Holbrook Nursing Home is a 120 bed facility. While many of the quality indicators in the Nursing Home Compare website look positive, it is worth noting that more short-term residents at Holbrook Nursing Home have moderate to severe pain and new or worsened pressure ulcers (also called pressure sores, bed sores, or decubitus ulcers) than residents at the average West Virginia or National long term care facility. Similarly, more long term residents at Holbrook Nursing Home have moderate to severe pain and pressure ulcers than residents at the average West Virginia or National nursing home. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failing to ensure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and risks and providing supervision to prevent avoidable accidents.
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