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May 25, 2010 8:28 AM

Organization Releases Data On Nursing Home Inspections

Inspectors reported 209 deficiencies in 36 nursing homes in Kentucky since the first of the year, according to records obtained by Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform.

None of the deficiencies was of the most serious kind that could end in the closing of the facility. The deficiencies ranged from such things as disposing garbage properly to failing to have adequate policies and procedures to prohibit abuse and neglect.

Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester was the only facility surveyed with no deficiencies.

Facilities with 10 or more deficiencies include:

§ Ridgewood Terrace Nursing Home, Madisonville (14 deficiencies)
§ Lexington Country Place, Lexington (13)
§ Britthaven of Pineville, Pineville (12)
§ Florence Park Care Center, Florence (12)
§ Arbor Place of Clinton, Clinton (11)
§ Hazard Nursing Home, Hazard (10)
§ Rose Manor Health Care, Lexington (10)

The Office of Inspector General in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has teams of inspectors who survey nursing homes. These standard surveys must be conducted at least every 15 months and the statewide average interval between surveys must be 12 months or less.

In 2008, the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services reported that inspectors found deficiencies at 87.6 percent of the nursing homes surveyed in Kentucky.

There are 72 state inspectors across the state at the present time, with the number dropping since 2005. But the budget for this work has gone up each year from $5.4 million in 2005 to almost $7 million in the current state fiscal year, according to Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform. The funding comes from both federal and state governments.

State Inspector General Mary Begley said that she is "satisfied" with the number of inspectors now, although she and other officials said that turnover is a problem.

Leaders of Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, who obtained and released the inspection results, said that it will do so on a regular basis - every three months.

"We think that the public should be aware that there are problems in nursing homes," said Jan Scherrer, president of the non-profit organization. "We must keep the public informed because we cannot improve nursing home care without their support," she said.

For more information, visit the Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform Website .

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