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.
SALEM CENTER (Salem, WV)
Salem Center is a 112 bed facility owned by Genesis Healthcare. The overall rating for Salem Center is only one star (much below average). Its health inspections are equally bad, only 1 star (much below average). Inspections by State and/or Federal investigators have found 19 health deficiencies (as compared to an average U.S. facility having only 6.8 deficiencies). Staffing at Salem Center was also much 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 – again only 1 star (much below average).
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