Medicare Lists Virginia Nursing Homes with Overall Below Average Ratings (Pt. 2)

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 Two 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.  

In overall ratings, 57 Virginia nursing homes received two stars, which represents a "below average" rating:

Amelia Nursing Center (Amelia, VA)
Avante at Lynchburg (Lynchburg, VA)
Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia (Virginia Beach, VA)
Britthaven of Keysville (Keysville, VA)
Burke Health Care Center (Burke, VA)
Carrington Place at Botetourt Commons (Daleville, VA)
Carrington Place of Chesapeake (Chesapeake, VA)
Carrington Place of Tappahannock (Tappahannock, VA)
Coliseum Park Nursing Home (Hampton, VA)
Consulate Health Care of Windsor (Windsor, VA)
Consulate Health Care of Woodstock (Woodstock, VA)
The Edgemont Center (Wytheville, VA)
Fairfax Nursing Center, Inc. (Fairfax, VA)
Golden Living Center - Blue Ridge (Galax, VA)
Golden Living Center - Allegheny (Clifton Forge, VA)
Golden Living Center - Elizabeth Adam Crump (Glen Allen, VA)
Golden Living Center - Petersburg (Petersburg, VA)
Golden Living Center - Shenandoah Valley (Buena Vista, VA)
Grace Lodge (Lynchburg, VA)
Greenspring Village (Springfield, VA)
Gretna Health and Rehabilitation Center (Gretna, VA)
Henrico Health & Rehabilitation Center (Highland Springs, VA)
Heritage Hall Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, VA)
Heritage Hall Blackstone (Blackstone, VA)
Heritage Hall Clintwood (Clintwood, VA)
Heritage Hall Dillwyn (Dillwyn, VA)
Heritage Hall Tazewell (Tazewell, VA)
Heritage Hall - Charlottesville (Charlottesville, VA)
Lancashire Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center (Kilmarnock, VA)
Lee Nursing and Rehab Center (Pennington Gap, VA)
Leewood Healthcare Center (Annandale, VA)
Life Care Center of New Market (New Market, VA)
Lovingston Health Care Center (Lovingston, VA)
Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Alexandria, VA)
Nansemond Pointe Rehab & Health (Suffolk, VA)
Northhampton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center (Hampton, VA)
Oak Springs of Warrenton (Warrenton, VA)
Our Lady of the Valley (Roanoke, VA)
Regency Health Care Center (Grafton, VA)
Richfield Recovery & Care Center (Salem, VA)
River View on the Appomattox (Hopewell, VA)
Riverside Health & Rehab Center (Danville, VA)
Riverview Nursing Home (Rich Creek, VA)
Roman Eagle Memorial home (Danville, VA)
Ruxton Health of Alexandria (Alexandria, VA)
Ruxton Health of Lawrenceville (Lawrenceville, VA)
Ruxton Health of Winchester (Winchester, VA)
Sentara Nursing Center Hampton (Hampton, VA)
The Springs Nursing Center (Hot Springs, VA)
Springtree Healthcare & Rehab Center (Roanoke, VA)
The Gardens at Warwick Forest (Newport News, VA)
The Laurels of Charlottesville (Charlottesville, VA)
Trinity Mission Health & Rehabilitation of Charlottesville (Charlottesville, VA)
Valley Health Care Center (Chilhowie, VA)
Walter Reed Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center (Gloucester, VA)
Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center (Alexandria, VA)
The Woodview (South Boston, 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