Would you want your loved one to live in a nursing home that received an overall grade of “D,” with an “F” in regard to the quality of daily nursing care he or she receives? That is the current status of the majority of Pennsylvania nursing homes. Placing loved ones in a nursing home is stressful enough. The last thing you need is to discover a few weeks later is that they are not receiving the nursing care you expected.
Pennsylvania Nursing Home Rating
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has developed a five-star overall rating system for nursing homes. Three criteria are used for assigning a rating:
- The facility’s state health inspection score;
- Quality ratings based on 11 different selected criteria; and
- Nursing staffing.
Five is the best rating. One is the worst. CMS found that 40 percent of Pennsylvania nursing homes rated only one or two stars in all three areas. Pennsylvania came in second only to Texas, the worst state for ratings given by CMS.
In 2014, Nursing Home Report Card gave Pennsylvania an overall grade of “D” in all areas it considered, ranking Pennsylvania only 32nd out of the 50 states. This was a step backward from its 2013 grade of “C” and rank of 26th.
In both 2013 and 2014, the state was given an “F” in nursing staffing and staffing hours per resident. This should be of particular concern to people worried their loved ones are in nursing homes with inadequate staff.
Specific Problems Found in Pennsylvania Nursing Homes
All nursing homes have some problems, but the ones occurring in many Pennsylvania facilities seem to be particularly serious. Specific statistics relevant to Pennsylvania nursing homes include:
- Nearly 96 percent of all nursing home facilities have deficiencies in one area or another.
- Only slightly more than two hours of nursing care a day is spent per resident. This has earned it an “F” by Medicare.gov.
- Average Number of Health Deficiency Violations from 2013 to 2016: 6.8
- Average Number of Fire Safety Deficiencies from 2013 to 2016: 4.0
Who is in Charge of Regulating Pennsylvania Nursing Homes?
The Pennsylvania State Code Title 28, Health and Safety section, provides rules and regulations regarding all aspects of nursing home requirements. These include housekeeping, maintenance, fire and safety programs, and general operating guidelines. The Department of Health, Division of Nursing Care Facilities is responsible for licensing and enforcing the laws. The federal government also has regulations with which states must comply.
Relatives, visitors and nursing home residents must all be tenacious in not tolerating substandard care and mistreatment. They all need to let authorities know about any violations they observe or experience. This is the only way things will eventually improve. It may be necessary to contact a nursing home abuse attorney in order to call attention to the problems and obtain relief. Our attorneys are standing by to take your call.
Which Facilities Rank the Worst in Pennsylvania?
Care facilities on the CMS’ infamous “Special Focus Facility” list for worst offenders include:
Harrison Senior Living of Christiana
41 Newport Ave
Christiana, PA 17509
Golden Livingcenter-Blue Ridge Mountain
3625 North Progress Ave
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Whitestone Care Center
370 Whitestone Corner Rd
Stroudsburg, PA 17110
Riverside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
500 West Hospital St
Taylor, PA 18517
Colonial Manor Nursing Home
970 Colonial Ave
York, PA 17403