Beginning January 1, 2011, all California nursing homes are required to post the ratings they received under the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' five-star system at their facilities. Nursing homes also must put up information explaining what the ratings mean and how people can get information about a facility's state licensing record.
While a five star rating means that a nursing home has been rated "much beyond average" in terms of the overall quality of care it provides, a one star rating means that the quality of care offered is considered "much below average." The aim of the California law is to make sure that patients, prospective residents, and families know what rating a nursing facility has been given.
There are some who have expressed concern that posting the ratings will cause patients and their relatives to reach their conclusions about a facility solely based on the rating information, which doesn't give a full picture of exactly what goes on at a nursing home. Still, others applaud the efforts to keep people informed about how well or poorly a facility has fared under the federal rating system. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has said it will be redesigning the different measures it uses for determining the star ratings.
Our Anaheim nursing home abuse and neglect law firm believes that not only is important for prospective residents and their families to find out as much information as possible about a nursing home prior to selecting it, but also, it is good to keep abreast of the care that your loved one receives after he/she is admitted to an Orange County, California assisted living facility. Just as it is a good idea to visit an assisted living facility before choosing it to observe patient-staff dynamics, see whether the other residents seem happy, speak with the employees, and inspect the facilities, security, and other aspects, once your loved one is at a home, visiting him or her regularly can allow you to check for signs of Orange County, California nursing home abuse or neglect. Potential warning signs of abusive or negligent nursing care can include unexplained bruises or other injuries, sudden weight loss or gain, malnutrition, bedsores, and sudden mood swings, depression, or anxiety. Visiting a nursing home patient can also brighten his or her day whether it's the holiday season, a birthday, or just another day of the year.
Nursing homes must post ratings under new law, VCStar, December 30, 2010
Caring for an elderly relative, Los Angeles Times, December 21, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Nursing Home Compare, Medicare.gov
If you think your loved one was a victim of Anaheim nursing home neglect or abuse, contact Howard Law today.