Brandon Woods at Alvamar is among the nursing homes that a state advocacy group has identified as having poor inspection records over the past three years.
The Kansas Advocates for Better Care released a list this week of Kansas nursing homes that have an above-average number of deficiencies in their inspections records. The data is based on three inspection reports, which by federal law must be done every 12 to 15 months, done by the Kansas Department on Aging.
The national average of deficiencies is eight, and in Kansas the average is 14. The advocacy group identified 81 nursing home facilities that exceeded the national average for three consecutive years. Brandon Woods is among them with an average of 20 deficiencies per year.
“These are standout facilities in terms of a pattern of having deficiencies over a period of three years,” said Margaret Farley, board president of Kansas Advocates for Better Care. “This is not a one-shot survey.”
The deficiencies found at Brandon Woods, which are detailed online at Medicare.gov, over the past year ranged from failing to resolve each resident’s complaints to not giving the proper treatment to bed sores.
Just one of the deficiencies — failing to make sure the nursing home area is free of dangers that cause accidents — was noted as causing actual harm. All the others were listed as causing minimal harm or having potential for actual harm.
And one deficiency — failing to post nurse staffing information — was listed as affecting many residents. The other deficiencies affected a few or some of them.
Two of the deficiencies were for failure to hire only people who have no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents or for failure to report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents. And three involved how the nursing home facility managed and administered drugs
.All but one of the deficiencies have been corrected, according to the Medicare.gov report.
Officials at Brandon Woods could not be reached for comment.
“A lot of facilities can have a stumble. Maybe it is just a change of management, or maybe they are having serious difficulties with staffing,” Farley said. “But we expect, and consumers should expect, if a facility has a poor inspection report with a high number of deficiencies, that they need to get on that and break a pattern.”
No other Lawrence nursing home facilities were on the list.