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.
PIERPONT CENTER AT FAIRMONT CAMPUS
Pierpont Center at Fairmont Campus is a 120 bed facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, owned by Genesis Healthcare. The overall rating for Pierpont Center at Fairmont Campus is only one star (much below average). Its health inspections are no better, only 1 star (much below average). Inspections by State and/or Federal investigators have found 18 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 have enough nurses to care for every resident in a way that maximizes the resident’s well-being and failure to have procedures to prevent and minimize infections. It is well-known that understaffing often leads to the development and progression of bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers).
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