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.
NELLA’S NURSING HOME, INC. (Elkins, WV)
Nella’s Nursing Home, Inc. is an 84 bed facility. Staffing at Nella’s Nursing Home, Inc. rates only one star (much below average). The staffing ratios at Nella’s Nursing Home, Inc. are some of the lowest you will find in this region. There are only enough RNs to provide 20 minutes of nursing care per patient per day. The West Virginia and National averages are 48 and 49 minutes per day. LPNs are also in short supply. At Nella’s Nursing Home, Inc., there are only enough LPNs to provide 32 minutes of nursing care per patient per day, compared to 54 minutes and 50 minutes at the average West Virginia and National facility. Finally, the nurses’ aides are extremely short staffed. These are the staff members who are there to help a resident in their activities of daily living (bathing, eating, moving, etc.). At Nella’s Nursing Home, Inc., there are only enough CNAs to provide 44 minutes of nursing care hours per patient per day, as compared to 2 hours 9 minutes at the average West Virginia facility and 2 hours 28 minutes at the average facility nationwide. Unsurprisingly, such low staffing numbers increase the numbers of patients with one or more major falls, the numbers of patients with bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers), the number of residents who are physically restrained, the number of residents with depressive symptoms, and the number of residents who lose too much weight.
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