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.
NICHOLAS COUNTY NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Richwood, WV)
Nicholas County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 120 bed facility. Staffing ratios at Nicholas County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were lower than both the National and the West Virginia averages for registered nurse hours per patient per day. Quality measures indicate that more short stay residents at Nicholas County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have moderate to severe pain than at the average West Virginia facility or the average facility nationwide. Likewise, more long stay residents at Nicholas County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have urinary tract infections, moderate to severe pain, need help with their activities of daily living, lose too much weight, and have depressive symptoms, when compared to residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. The most recent complaint survey conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failure to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest level of well-being for each resident.
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