Posted on Jan 07, 2013
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published an article yesterday about the “deficiencies” in nursing homes in Western PA. A report by CMS isn’t a lot of good news for those who have loved ones in nursing homes. The positive that comes out of the article are a list of resources and their web links for those who want to assess the quality of a nursing home:
Help in the search for the right nursing home
The Pennsylvania Department of Health allows consumers to search for nursing homes by city, county and zip code as well as facility size and ownership. Visit their site.
Consumers may contact a local Area Agency on Aging to learn about the facilities in their communities. Find the nearest agency. Medicare’s “Nursing Home Compare” program features a five-star ranking scale and the information behind the ratings, such as staffing, inspections and other quality measures. Visit their site. News website ProPublica.org created “Nursing Home Inspect” so consumers can search the details of inspection reports, a feature the government website does not have. Visit their site.
The article discussed the most serious of problems that were identified in CMS’s reports. Problems had arisen such as a very hot kitchen tool being left on throughout the day, when cognitively impaired residents had access. Gates and doors to one facility were left unlocked at all times. Another problem was unpaid bills reaching over $75,000 for necessities. Another facility was hit with a deficiency because one of its workers was alleged to have thrown a resident into their bed.
If you have a loved one who is in a nursing home, or a family member headed to a nursing home, you owe it to yourself to be knowledgeable about the deficiencies that facility has had. Use the resources that were highlighted in the article, and copied above.
We as Schmidt Kramer injury lawyers want the injuries we see to be prevented. If one of your loved ones is injured, though, we are here to represent you against a nursing home.
Schmidt Kramer Injury Attorneys
January 7, 2012