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.
MARIETTA CENTER (Marietta, OH)
Marietta Center is a 150 bed facility owned by Genesis Healthcare. The overall rating for Marietta Center is only one star (much below average). Its health inspections are equally bad, only 1 star (much below average). Inspections by State and/or Federal investigators have found twice as many deficiencies as compared to the average Ohio nursing home facility. The most recent complaint survey conducted by the Ohio Department of Health’s Bureau of Long Term Care found various significant problems, such as the failure to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) or heal existing bed sores. Staffing at Marietta Center was also lower than both the National and the Ohio averages for registered nurse (RN) hours per patient per day and certified nurses’ aides (CNAs) hours per patient per day.
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