531 deficiencies found in 80 Kentucky nursing homes in first quarter of 2012; worst one had 29; five had none

State inspectors found 531 deficiencies in 80 Kentucky nursing homes in the first quarter of this year, with one facility accounting for 29 of them alone: Life Care Center of Morehead. In five nursing homes, no deficiencies were found.

The information was released by Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, a nonprofit organization that advocates for nursing home residents and obtains the data regularly through open-records requests to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and distributes it statewide. The information is posted as part of Medicare’s nursing-home comparison data.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the average number of deficiencies for a nursing home inspected in the U.S. is eight and the average in Kentucky is seven. Inspections assess a facility on the care of residents and how that care is administered; on how staff and residents interact; and on its environment. Certified nursing homes must meet more than 180 regulatory standards. The state Office of Inspector General website has more data, such as the results of inspections and the ownership of each facility.

Nursing homes with 10 or more deficiencies in the first quarter were:
Life Care Center of Morehead (29 deficiencies)
Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab-Fountain Circle in Winchester (24)
Signature Health of Pikeville (19)
Hearthstone Place in Elkton (15)
Martin County Health Care Facility in Inez (14)
Wesley Manor Nursing Center in Louisville (13)
Pembroke Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Pembroke (13)
Highlands Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Louisville (11)
Mountain Manor of Paintsville (11)
Cumberland Valley Manor in Burkesville (10)
Klondike Care and Rehabilitation Center in Louisville (10)

The five nursing homes with no deficiencies were:
Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester
Nazareth Home in Louisville
Essex Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Louisville
Barren County Health Care Center in Glasgow
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center in Lexington (initial inspection; under new ownership)

For more information about Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, click here.

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