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.
PUTNAM CENTER – Hurricane, WV (Putnam County)
Putnam Center is a 120 bed facility operated by Genesis Healthcare. The overall rating for Putnam Center is only one star (much below average). Its health inspections are equally bad, only 1 star (much below average). The staffing rating for Putnam Center is only one star (much below average). IN fact, the staffing at Putnam Center is lower than the West Virginia and National averages for RNs, LPNs and CNAs. This is problematic because staffing is closely tied to the development of bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers), malnutrition, dehydration, infections, loss of mobility, and falls. The most recent annual inspection conducted by the WV Office of Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) found various significant problems, such as failure to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores.
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