The only good news there may be about Georgia nursing homes is they are less expensive when compared with neighboring states and the national average. But, they should cost less based on the inferior quality of the services they provide. Families for Better Care (FBC), a Florida-based, non-profit independent organization which grades state nursing homes across the country, FBC executive director
Brian Lee said, “Georgia represents what’s terribly wrong with nursing home care and oversight in America…State officials and industry representatives should be ashamed of their abysmal nursing home record.”
Georgia Nursing Home Ratings
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) rates a state’s nursing homes on a 5-star scale. CMS considers:
- Score given by state inspectors.
- Quality of nursing staff and time spent with patients.
- Eleven separate quality ratings, including those relevant to safety and care.
The current CMS overall rating for Georgia nursing homes is three. CMS found that 61 percent of homes individually received a three or less rating. This puts Georgia nursing homes in 47th place when compared with all other sites.
In 2014, FBC gave Georgia nursing homes an overall grade of “F” in its Nursing Home Report Card. This dropped from the “D” grade Georgia received in 2013. In 2013, the Report Card ranked Georgia nursing homes 32nd in the country and in 2014 dropped them to 43rd. They received an “F” particularly in the areas of nursing staffing and time spent caring for patients as well as in the number of unfavorable health inspection reports. Instead of improving the quality of their nursing homes, Georgia went down in half of the standards upon which the Nursing Home Report Card are based.
Specific Problems Found with Georgia Nursing Homes
When ranked according to three specific criteria, Georgia nursing homes came in:
- 50th of all states in the number of facilities that had above average caregivers.
- 49th when compared to all states in the number of above average nursing staff employees.
- 48th in the amount of daily direct staffing time spent caring for patients.
Georgia nursing homes failed in several areas. The following data reflects deficiencies and violations dating back three years from April 2016, according to Pro Publica data.
- They had 3,559 deficiencies. A deficiency means there was a violation of state or federal law. Out of those, 117 were considered serious, which means patients could have been harmed.
- A total of 64 fines were imposed totaling $2,637,723.
- Average fine was $41,214.
- As for patient or family complaints, nearly 80 percent were proven to be valid after investigation.
Who is in Charge of Regulating Georgia Nursing Homes?
The State of Georgia’s, Department of Human Services is charge of licensing and enforcing laws and regulations for Georgia’s nursing homes. Georgia also has a long term care Ombudsman in charge of investigating and resolving complaints. If you suspect wrongdoing or neglect of a loved one, you may need to consult a nursing home abuse lawyer.
Which Nursing Homes are Rated Among the Worst in Georgia?
Every year CMS composes a list of the worst performing nursing homes so they can be closely monitored and held accountable if improvements are not made. If a loved one is currently living in one of them, we recommend reconsidering their living situation. Some of the facilities currently on that list include:
Cook Senior Living Center
706 North Parish Ave
Adel, GA 31620
PruittHealth – Virginia Park
1000 Briarcliff Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Orchard View Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Ctr.
8414 Whitesville Rd
Columbus, GA 31907