When choosing a nursing home for a loved one, family members frequently can’t differentiate a high performing nursing home from a problem nursing home. Nursing home websites typically boast top-tier care and showcase smiling, happy residents. Sadly, a Philadelphia nurse understaffing attorney understands that not all nursing homes provide good care. This article will help you identify some nursing home warning signs to avoid when searching for a nursing home.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and state agencies inspect nursing homes to ensure that the nursing home is meeting health and safety guidelines. CMS then puts together a list of nursing homes with a history of serious quality issues and enrolls floundering nursing homes into the Special Focus Program as a Special Focus Facility.
Nursing homes who are selected for the Special Focus Program exhibit a higher number of deficiencies, more severe deficiencies, and an ongoing pattern of challenges to their quality of care. These problems are centered on the facility’s health and safety inspection deficiencies over a multi-year period. Nursing homes that meet criteria that includes a pattern of deficiencies are deemed Special Focus Facility (SFF) Candidates. A portion of these SFF Candidates is then picked as Special Focus Facilities.
CMS requires Special Focus Facilities to undertake a thorough, onsite inspection every 6 months until they demonstrate enough improvement to leave the program. If a SFF Nursing Home doesn’t improve it may eventually be prohibited from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
As of March 30, 2022, the following Pennsylvania nursing homes were identified as candidates or participants in the Special Focus Program.
Special Focus Status
BALDWIN HEALTH CENTER
BRIGHTON REHABILITATION AND WELLNESS CENTER
CAMBRIA CARE CENTER
CHESTNUT HILL LODGE HEALTH AND REHAB CTR
EPWORTH HEALTHCARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER
GARDENS AT BLUE RIDGE, THE
GARDENS AT CAMP HILL, THE
GARDENS AT SCRANTON, THE
GARDENS AT WYOMING VALLEY, THE
GLEN BROOK REHABILITATION AND HEALTHCARE CENTER
GREENSBURG CARE CENTER
GROVE AT NORTH HUNTINGDON, THE
KADIMA REHABILITATION & NURSING AT LUZERNE
KINGSTON REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER
LAURELWOOD CARE CENTER
PARKHOUSE REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER
PLEASANT ACRES REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER
RESTORE HEALTH AT UNIVERSITY CITY
RIDGEVIEW HEALTHCARE & REHAB CENTER
ROSE CITY NURSING AND REHAB AT LANCASTER
SPRING CREEK REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER
SQUIRREL HILL WELLNESS AND REHABILITATION CENTER
TOWNE MANOR WEST
Prior to placing your loved one in a Special Focus Facility, closely evaluate the nursing home’s staffing, health and safety inspections, and quality measures on CMS Nursing Home Compare.
High turnover of nursing home staff may indicate serious problems within the nursing home. In January, CMS begun publishing turnover numbers for nursing staff and Administrators on Nursing Home Compare. Higher turnover may be associated with less care continuity. Facilities with higher Administrator turnover may suffer from leadership volatility and operational disorganization. In addition, high turnover may induce understaffing if the nursing home is unable to hire new staff, according to a Philadelphia nurse understaffing attorney. CMS has chosen to publicize staff turnover data because high turnover can directly impact resident care. Families should relate high staff turnover as a nursing home warning sign to avoid.
Understaffing is big warning sign of a problem nursing home. Many quality measures, such as incidence of falls and pressure ulcers, are closely tied with the staffing patterns of a nursing home. Nursing homes that routinely understaff often have poorer quality outcomes than nursing homes with appropriate staffing patterns.
In January, the CMS Nursing Home Compare website expanded its staffing information to include weekend staffing RNs and other nursing staff. Families should closely examine a nursing home’s staffing information and compare other nursing homes within their region. Large fluctuations in staffing patterns on weekends could signal that care levels plummet during off-hours. If your loved one has been injured due to inadequate staffing, contact a Philadelphia nurse understaffing attorney.
Families using the Nursing Home Compare website should watch for the Abuse Icon as a warning sign of a problem nursing home. This red icon with a hand indicating “stop” shows that the nursing home been hit with an abuse, neglect, or exploitation deficiency within the past year, or twice within the past two years.
These deficiencies are significant in that they either caused harm to a resident, or potentially could have resulted in harm. An Abuse Icon might be a warning sign for families who are choosing a nursing home. This icon should drive a family to discuss the Icon with the Nursing Home Administrator and learn if actions have been taken to correct the findings of abuse.
|Provider Name||Provider City||Abuse Icon|
|ASBURY HEALTH CENTER||PITTSBURGH||Y|
|BARNES-KASSON COUNTY HOSPITAL||SUSQUEHANNA||Y|
|BROOKSIDE HEALTHCARE & REHABILITATION CENTER||ROSLYN||Y|
|COLONIAL PARK CARE CENTER||HARRISBURG||Y|
|CROSS KEYS VILLAGE-BRETHREN HOME COMMUNITY, THE||NEW OXFORD||Y|
|GINO J MERLI VETERANS CENTER||SCRANTON||Y|
|GROVE AT NEW WILMINGTON, THE||NEW WILMINGTON||Y|
|GUARDIAN HEALTHCARE AT TAYLOR||TAYLOR||Y|
|HARMAR VILLAGE CARE CENTER||CHESWICK||Y|
|HOMESTEAD VILLAGE, INC||LANCASTER||Y|
|MANOR AT PENN VILLAGE, THE||SELINSGROVE||Y|
|MARKLEY REHABILITATION AND HEALTHCARE CENTER||NORRISTOWN||Y|
|NORRITON SQUARE NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER||NORRISTOWN||Y|
|PLEASANT ACRES REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER||YORK||Y|
|PROMEDICA SKILLED NRSG AND REHAB (YORK NORTH)||YORK||Y|
|PROVIDENCE POINT HEALTHCARE RESIDENCE||PITTSBURGH||Y|
|ROLLING MEADOWS HEALTH CARE CENTER||WAYNESBURG||Y|
|SAINT MARY’S VILLA NURSING HOM||MOSCOW||Y|
|SARAH REED SENIOR LIVING||ERIE||Y|
|SHOOK HOME THE||CHAMBERSBURG||Y|
|SPRINGFIELD REHABILITATION AND HEALTHCARE CENTER||SPRINGFIELD||Y|
|ST JOHN SPECIALTY CARE CENTER||MARS||Y|
|YORKVIEW NURSING AND REHABILITATION||YORK||Y|
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