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.
THE MADISON (Morgantown, West Virginia)
The Madison is a 62 bed facility owned by Genesis Healthcare. Of particular concern for The Madison is a one star rating (much below average) for quality measures. Some of these statistics show much higher than average percentages of long-stay residents at The Madison with falls, an increase in moderate to severe pain, bed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers), loss of weight, and depressive symptoms.
If you suspect that your loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect at a nursing home and you want to talk directly to an attorney, call the lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner PLLC. Our attorneys will help answer your questions free of charge. Protect your loved ones. Call the West Virginia lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner PLLC today. 304-623-HELP (4357).