Nursing Homes in North Central West Virginia (Philippi, Belington, Grafton, Elkins, Sutton, Harrisville, Kingwood, Glenville, Richwood and Cowen)

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.

North Central West Virginia has several nursing homes outside of Clarksburg, Fairmont and Morgantown, WV. There are at least 13 facilities with at least 50 certified beds. This article is designed to summarize important information about each of these 13 facilities:

BARBOUR COUNTY GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY (Belington, WV)

Barbour County Good Samaritan Society is a 57 bed facility. The overall rating for Barbour County Good Samaritan Society is only one star (much below average). Its health inspections are equally bad, only 1 star (much below average). The facility is noted to be understaffed, with a ranking of only two stars (below average). Staffing at Barbour County Good Samaritan Society was also lower than both the National and the West Virginia averages for registered nurse hours per patient per day, licensed practical nurse hours per patient per day AND for certified nurses’ aide hours per patient per day. Inspections by State and/or Federal investigators have found ten health deficiencies (as compared to an average U.S. facility having only 6.8 deficiencies). The most recent annual inspection 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 well-being of each resident.

ROSEWOOD CENTER (Grafton, WV)

Rosewood Center is a 69 bed facility. Staffing was lower than both the National and the West Virginia averages for registered nurse hours per patient per day and licensed practical nurse hours per patient per day. Additionally, quality measures merited only two stars (below average) at Rosewood Center. These markers indicate that more short stay residents at Rosewood Center have severe pain and new or worsened pressure ulcers (also called bed sores, pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers) than residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. Likewise, more long term residents at Rosewood Center have urinary tract infections, moderate or severe pain, and pressure ulcers than residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failure to provide care for residents in a way that keeps or builds each resident’s dignity and respect for individuality and failure to have enough nurses to care for every resident in a way that maximizes the resident’s well-being.

MANSFIELD PLACE (Philippi, WV)

Mansfield Place is a 60 bed facility. Quality measures indicate that more short stay residents at Mansfield Place develop new or worsened pressure ulcers (also called bed sores, pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers) than residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. Likewise, more long term residents at Mansfield Place have one or more major falls with injury and suffer more pressure ulcers than residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failure to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents or theft of resident property.

NELLA’S, INC. (Elkins, WV)

Nella’s, Inc. is a 102 bed facility. The overall rating for Nella’s, Inc. is two stars (below average). Staffing at Nella’s, Inc. rates only one star (much below average). In fact, the understaffing at Nella’s, Inc. shows that there are only enough RNs to provide 16 minutes of nursing care per patient per day. The West Virginia and National averages are 48 and 49 minutes per day. Unsurprisingly, such low staffing numbers increase the numbers of patients with bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) at Nella’s, Inc.

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.

ELKINS REGIONAL CONVALESCENT CENTER (Elkins, WV)

Elkins Regional Convalescent Center is a 111 bed facility. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failing to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care, failure to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well-being for each resident, and failing to provide residents proper treatment to prevent new bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) or heal existing bed sores. Staffing at Elkins Regional Convalescent Center was also lower than both the National and the West Virginia averages for registered nurse hours per patient per day and licensed practical nurse hours per patient per day.

PINE VIEW NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Harrisville, WV)

Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 56 bed facility. Staffing at Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was lower than both the National and the West Virginia averages for registered nurse hours per patient per day and for certified nurses’ aide hours per patient per day. Quality measures indicate that more short stay residents at Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center develop new or worsened pressure ulcers (also called bed sores, pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers) than residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. Likewise, more long term residents at Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have a catheter inserted and need more help with their activities of daily living than residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failing to make sure each resident receives an accurate assessment by a qualified health professional.

HEARTLAND OF PRESTON COUNTY (Kingwood, WV)

Heartland of Preston County is a 120 bed facility. Staffing at Heartland of Preston County rates only one star (much below average). Quality measures indicate that more long term residents at Heartland of Preston County need more help with their activities of daily living than residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. Likewise, more residents at Heartland of Preston County lose too much weight and have depressive symptoms than residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failing to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well-being for each resident.

GLENVILLE CENTER (Glenville, WV)

Glenville Center is a 65 bed facility. Staffing at Glenville Center merited only one star (much below average) on the Nursing Home Compare website. In fact, staffing ratios were lower than both the National and the West Virginia averages for registered nurse hours per patient per day, LPN hours per patient per day, and for certified nurses’ aide hours per patient per day. Quality measures indicate that more short stay residents at Glenville Center develop new or worsened pressure ulcers (also called bed sores, pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers) than residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. Likewise, more long term residents at Glenville Center are in moderate to severe pain and have depressive symptoms than residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failing to have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infections from spreading.

BRAXTON HEALTH CARE CENTER (Sutton, WV)

Braxton Health Care Center is a 65 bed facility. The overall rating for Braxton Health Care Center is only one star (much below average). Its health inspections are equally bad, only 1 star (much below average). Staffing at Braxton Health Care Center is only two stars (below average). In fact, Braxton Health Care Center was also lower than both the National and the West Virginia averages for registered nurse hours per patient per day and for certified nurses’ aide hours per patient per day. Inspections by State and/or Federal investigators have found 26 health deficiencies (as compared to an average U.S. facility having only 6.8 deficiencies). Quality measures indicate that more long term residents at Braxton Health Care Center have urinary tract infections, are in moderate to severe pain, lose control of their bowels or bladder, and lose too much weight, when compared to residents of average facilities in West Virginia and around the United States. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failing to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed sores (also known as pressure sores, decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers) or heal existing bed sores.

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.

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.

WEBSTER NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER, LLC (Cowen, WV)

Webster Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC is a 60 bed facility. The facility is noted to be understaffed, with a ranking of only two stars (below average). Staffing at Webster Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC was also lower than both the National and the West Virginia averages for registered nurse hours per patient per day, licensed practical nurse hours per patient per day AND for certified nurses’ aide hours per patient per day. The most recent complaint survey conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failure to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents or theft of resident property.

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