Georgia Nursing Homes Identified as Having Unsafe Conditions
Some Georgia Nursing Homes Identified By the United States as having Unsafe Conditions; Public May not be Aware
GEORGIA – According to an online news report at ajc.com, some Georgia nursing homes are facing issues of which the public may not be aware.*
Last week, the United States Senate revealed the identities of troubled nursing homes. Up until now, the information pertaining to nursing homes has been kept private. Some of these facilities are in Georgia.
These nursing homes are on a watch list by the federal government. They are not special focus facilities because the government does not have enough resources to address the troubling issues of every nursing home, per a report issued by the Senate. It can only handle 88 nursing homes across the country. There are 400 candidates that the list maintains until a space opens up and then they are placed among the 88 facilities. Their need for oversight is similar to that on the list. The names of the candidates were kept private until recently.
Each facility is judged in six categories: fire safety inspections, health inspections, staffing, penalties, quality of resident care, and an overall rating. Each facility is given one to five stars, with five being the best. All Georgia facilities on the Special Focus list had only one star as a total rating.
The head of the Georgia Health Care Association, which is a nursing home advocacy group, indicated that the star ratings only focus on a small list of factors and often misses positive attributes of a nursing home.
“Our membership certainly supports having increased levels of transparency,” Marshall noted. “We would also encourage individuals to actually visit the centers, talk to the center staff. There’s a lot of different ways to measure a building.”
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