Medicare 5 star Rating for Skilled Nursing Facilities
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Medicare Five Star Rating
Nursing Homes Use a 5 star rating system to make themselves look good, when the fact is they recieved an extremly low rating from their state inspection.
Funny how it all works. Let me break it down from my own personal experience.
I walk into a nursing facility looking for a nice place for my mother and father in law.
Like everyone else in my position, I'm both nervous and scared. This is an emotionally challenging change of life for me, as well as for my mother and father in law.
The administrators, aiming to please, proudly display Medicare's 5 star rating for their nursing home at the front door. The administrators enjoy going over (in detail) exactly how they achieved this "prestigious" ranking.
5 stars is a top knotch nursing home. Impressive! I'm feeling a bit less nervous now.
Impressing? With the superior cleanliness of the facility, and all of the residents seemingly very happy and content (In fact I stopped and talked to a few of them). The staff were all super friendly, caring , as helpful as they could be. Wow this must be the place huh?
Well, I couldn't have been more wrong! My father in law ended up very sick with a stage three bedsore and multiple infections within a few weeks pf entering this nursing home. Sadly, he did pass away after suffering from his infections for 40 days!
Do I feel guilty? No, not really. Angry? Oh -Yeah you bet I'm angry! After my father in law passed away and I removed my mother in law from the facility I realized a few things and did a ton of digging.
Nursing home abuse
What did I realize about this nursing home?
The staff was super friendly because their boss was right there giving me the tour.
The Residents I talked to were content because they were over-medicated..
The place was so nice and clean because they spend more time cleaning than they do caring for the patients.
You see, janitors cost less than nurses do so, a super clean facility can actually be a drawback, not a good thing. Like the old saying goes, don't judge a book by it's cover!
What else did I learn?
This particular nursing home had been sued and had also filed bankruptcy.
Moral of this story -
When looking for a good nursing home do some serious research. Unfourtanatly for my father in law I believed these administrators and trusted Medicare's judgement of the facility.
I have since removed my mother in law and brought her home
How and What kind of Research to do before placing a loved one in a nursing home?
Check with the county courthouse for past lawsuits that settled out of court as well as in court- they are public information -
Check with your state agency for past inspection results
Google the name of the nursing home
Check names of staff members and administrators - get refrences for them and check them out on something like - background checks on the internet - find out where they have worked previously and why they left - did I mention - check refrences of all nurses and staff who will be caring for your family member - including the people cooking their foods -
Once your loved one is placed in the home:
Check on them regularly at all hours of the day and night
Actually un-dress them and do a entire body look-over at least once a week -checking for sores skin discolorations and bruising
Ask them when you visit if anything hurts
Check with the nurses as to bathing schedules, medication schedules,what kinds of medications they are recievieng and follow up by making sure its done
Google the medications if you do not know what they are for (My mother in law was on three different tranqulizing meds) (12 meds total per day Funny how now she only takes six)
Medicare 5 star rating
What I Dug Up On The Internet
For the State Inspection of medicare and medicaid compliance the home had failed. Not once, but numerous times although they still had a 5 star rating from medicare!
What the heck? The place had failed numerous State Inspections for faliure to give medications, bad ( I mean really bad) food,allowing residents to administer their own medications without supervision, and a whole list of other things.
The State Program overseeing Medicare and Medicaid payments had at one time refused to pay this facility for lack of compliance and had forced them to give all of their residents a 30 day notice to vacate.
I felt I could trust what medicare had to say about the facility - I mean gee whiz how can they have a 5 star rating with Our Governments Medicare System and not be in compliance with the state agency who handles the medicare and medicaid payments?
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