Medicare Lists Nursing Homes in Virginia with Worst Health Inspections Ratings (Pt. 3)

Medicare recently launched a new Five-Star Quality Rating 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 Three 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 based on health inspections, 55 Virginia nursing homes received one star, which represents a rating "much below average":

Amelia Nursing Center (Amelia, VA)
Ashland Convalescent Center (Ashland, VA)
Avante at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, VA)
Avante at Roanoke (Roanoke, VA)
Beacon Shores Nursing & Rehabilitation (Virginia Beach, VA)
Beaufont Health Care Center (Richmond, VA)
Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia (Virginia Beach, VA)
Blue Ridge Rehab Center (Martinsville, VA)
Bowling Green Healthcare Center (Bowling Green, VA)
Brian Center Nursing Care / Alleghany (Low Moor, VA)
Carrington Place at Wytheville – Birdmont Center (Wytheville, VA)
Carrington Place of Chesapeake (Chesapeake, VA)
Cherrydale Health Care Center (Arlington, VA)
Consulate Healthcare of Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA)
Evergreen Health and Rehab (Winchester, VA)
Evergreene Nursing Care Center (Standardsville, VA)
Fairfax Nursing Center, Inc. (Fiarfax, VA)
Golden Living Center - Portsmouth (Portsmouth, VA)
Golden Living Center - The Cedars (Charlottesville, 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 Front Royal (Front Royal, VA)
Heritage Hall Dillwyn (Dillwyn, VA)
Holly Manor Nursing Home (Farmville, Virginia)
Hopewell Health Care Center (Hopewell, VA)
Leewood Healthcare Center (Annandale, VA)
Lynchburg Health & Rehab Center (Lynchburg, VA)
Manassas Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Manassas, VA)
Manor Care Health Services - Alexandria (Alexandria, VA)
Manor Care Stratford Hall (Richmond, VA)
Manor Care Health Services - Fair Oaks (Fairfax, VA)
Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Alexandria, VA)
Parham Health Care & Rehab Center (Richmond, VA)
Pheasant Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center (Roanoke, VA)
Piney Forest Health Care Center (Danville, VA)
Potomac Center Genesis Eldercare (Arlington, VA)
Ridgecrest Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation (Duffield, VA)
Ruxton Health of Staunton (Staunton, VA)
Ruxton Health of Stratford Hills (Richmond, VA)
Ruxton Health of Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA)
Ruxton of Westover Hills (Richmond, VA)
Salem Health & Rehabilitation (Salem, VA)
Sentara Nursing Center Chesapeake (Chesapeake, VA)
Shore Lifecare, Inc. (Parksley, VA)
The Springs Nursing Center (Hot Springs, VA)
St. Francis Nursing Center (Newport News, VA)
Tandem Health Care of Norfolk (Norfolk, VA)
The Laurels of University Park (Richmond, VA)
Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Charlottesville (Charlottesville, VA)
Virginia Beach Healthcare and Rehab (Virginia Beach, VA)
Virginia Veterans Care Center (Roanoke, VA)
Warrenton Overlook Health & Rehab (Warrenton, 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