Nursing Home Care, Ratings

Deciding on a nursing home to reside your loved one may seem hard, but there are many sources to help make the selection easier. For example, all nursing facilities are inspected every 9-15 months to ensure rules and regulations set by the federal and state government are being followed. After inspections, facilities can be rated out of one to five stars, receiving citations if rules and regulations are not followed. Facilities that do not follow rules are often fined and always ordered to fix their mistakes.

A facility that obtains one star means they are the lowest ranking and the quality of care is very low. One facility was given one star for allowing a resident to walk out of their nursing home without anybody noticing. After hiring new staff and installing new security devices this one star facility moved their rating up to two stars after inspectors found on their last survey no deficiencies.

Two nursing homes were found to have one star ratings because of abuse that occurred in the homes towards their residents. A single case of sexual abuse in this home earned the entire facility a one star rating and a bad reputation. The owner of the home says the employee involved in the incident was prosecuted and still in prison for what happened. This facility has raised its rating up to two stars since. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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