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.
McDOWELL NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER, LLC – Gary, WV
McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC Nursing Home is a for-profit 120 bed facility in Gary, West Virginia. The overall rating for GMcDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is only one star (much below average). Likewise, the staffing score for McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is 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 developing bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers), malnutrition, dehydration, infections, and serious falls. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, including the failure to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well being of each resident. Finally, quality indicator scores were also only one star (much below average), showing long-term residents with significantly higher incidents of pressure ulcers than other facilities in West Virginia and throughout the country.
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