Medicare Lists Nursing Homes in Virginia with Below Average Staffing Ratings (Pt. 6)

Medicare recently launched a new Five-Star Quality Ratings System for all nursing homes in the United States.  The Five-Star Quality Rating System was created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and identify areas about which more information might be helpful.  This is Part One of an eight-part series that identifies nursing homes that rated the worst and below-average in several different categories.    

Medicare's nursing home ratings were based on several sources of information: health inspection, nursing home staffing, and quality measures.  One to five stars were awarded in each of these three categories.  Stars were also awarded in a category for overall performance, which represents a combination of the health inspection rating, the staffing rating, and the quality measures rating.  The more stars a nursing home received, the higher its rating.  Five stars represented the highest rating, and one star represented the lowest rating.  

For ratings concerning staffing, 49 Virginia nursing homes received two stars, which represents a "below average" rating:

Appomattox Health and Rehabilitation Center (Appomattox, VA)
Arcadia Nursing & Rehab Center (Nelsonia, VA)
Autumn Care of Altavista (Altavista, VA)
Autumn Care of Great Bridge (Chesapeake, VA)
Beaufont Health Care Center (Richmond, VA)
Bedford County Nursing Home (Bedford, VA)
Blue Ridge Nursing Center, Inc. (Stuart, VA)
Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation (Fincastle, VA)
Britthaven of Keysville (Keysville, VA)
Burke Health Care Center (Burke, VA)
The Carrington (Lynchburg, VA)
Coliseum Park Nursing Home (Hampton, VA)
Consulate Health Care of Woodstock (Woodstock, VA)
Francis Marion Manor (Marion, VA)
Franklin Health and Rehabilitation Center (Rocky Mount, VA)
Gainesville Health and Rehabilitation Center (Gainesville, VA)
Golden Living Center - Alleghany (Clifton Forge, VA)
Golden Living Center - Petersburg (Petersburg, VA)
Golden Living Center - Sleepy Hollow (Annandale, VA)
Grace Healthcare of Abington (Abington, VA)
Greensville Manor (Emporia, VA)
Health Care Center Lucy Corr (Chesterfield, VA)
Heritage Hall Grundy (Grundy, VA)
Heritage Hall Lexington (Lexington, VA)
Heritage Hall Nursing and Rehab (Leesburg, VA)
Heritage Hall Wise (Wise, VA)
Hopewell Health Care Center (Hopewell, VA)
Nansemond Pointe Rehab & Health (Suffolk, VA)
Our Lady of Hope Health Center (Richmond, VA)
Ridgecrest Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation (Duffield, VA)
River View on the Appomattox (Hopewell, VA)
Riverside Convalescent Center - Smithfield (Smithfield, VA)
Riverview Nursing Home (Rich Creek, VA)
Roman Eagle Memorial Home (Danville, VA)
Ruxton Health at the Village (Fork Union, VA)
Ruxton Health of Lawrenceville (Lawrenceville, VA)
Ruxton Health of Winchester (Winchester, VA)
Salem Health & Rehabilitation (Salem, VA)
Sentara Nursing Center Chesapeake (Chesapeake, VA)
Sentara Nursing Center Portsmouth (Portsmouth, VA)
Skyline Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Floyd, VA)
Springtree Healthcare & Rehab Center (Roanoke, VA)
The Laurels of Charlottesville (Charlottesville, VA)
The Newport (Newport News, VA)
Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Rocky Mount (Rocky Mount, VA)
Virginia Veterans Care Center (Roanoke, VA)
Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center (Alexandria, VA)
The Woodlands (Clifton Forge, VA)
Woodmont Center (Fredericksburg, VA)

If you are considering one or more of the facilities listed above, please use caution, visit more than once and at odd hours, review reports from prior Virginia Department of Health surveys and complaint investigations, interview other patients and their families, and ask lots of questions!
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia