11:06am

Tue June 7, 2011
Science/Health

Over 300 Problems Found in Nursing Homes

Surveyors found 342 deficiencies in nursing homes they inspected in Kentucky recently. The data, obtained through an Open Records request by the statewide advocacy group Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform covers the first three months of 2011 and is the latest information on the quality of nursing home care at this time, according to a press release from the group.

Also, the state Office of Inspector General reported that it now have 84 surveyors to do the inspections, a jump from a five-year low of 72 in the 2010 state fiscal year.

According to a federal website, the average number of deficiencies for nursing homes in Kentucky is six per inspection. This latest report shows that 20 nursing homes recently inspected had more than six deficiencies and that seven nursing homes had 10 or more.

The nursing homes that each had 10 or more deficiencies were:

•Bluegrass Care & Rehabilitation Center, Lexington, 20 deficiencies
•Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pikeville, 19
•Arbor Place of Clinton, 14
•Medco Center of Bowling Green, 14
•Ridgewood Terrace Nursing Home, Madisonville, 13
•Laurel Creek Health Care Center, Manchester, 12
•Calvert City Convalescent Center, 10

Two nursing facilities had no deficiencies:
•Hermitage Care and Rehabilitation Center of Owensboro
•Essex Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (formerly Britthaven of South Louisville)

Detailed information on what the deficiencies covered is available. The state Office of Inspector General, at the urging of Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, is now publishing the results of inspections on its website, http://chfs.ky.gov/oig/LTCinspections.htm, along with ownership information for each facility.