Only 19 of the state’s 347 nursing homes were identified by a state advocacy organization as having good inspection records over the past three years. None was from Lawrence.
Kansas Advocates for Better Care recently released its annual list of nursing homes that have had five or fewer deficiencies for each of its three most recent inspections by the Kansas Department on Aging. The national average for deficiencies cited during an annual inspection is eight, and in Kansas the average is 14.
“This information is presented to help educate consumers who are shopping for nursing homes and for those who live in them or have family in nursing homes,” said Lenette Hamm, office manager for Kansas Advocates for Better Care, or KABC. “We believe this is one of several consumer information tools to be used when assessing potential long-term care facilities.”
The closest nursing home to Lawrence to make the positive inspection list was Hoeger House in Olathe, which had five deficiencies during its most recent inspection. There were six nursing homes that had no deficiencies: Dooley Center, Atchison; Pioneer Lodge, Coldwater; Emporia Presbyterian, Emporia; Frankfort Community Care, Frankfort; Medicalodges Kinsley, Kinsley; and Bethany Home Association, Lindsborg.
Of those on the list, 14 were operated by not-for-profit corporations and five were for-profits. Last year, 17 nursing homes made the list.
KABC is a nonprofit agency based in Lawrence and it has been advocating for high-quality, long-term care for frail and elderly residents since 1975.
A couple of weeks ago, KABC released a poor performance list of 81 Kansas nursing homes that exceeded the national average of 10 or more deficiencies, and Lawrence’s Brandon Woods at Alvamar was on the list.
According to KABC, there are three nursing homes in Lawrence, and here is how many deficiencies were cited on each of their past three inspections, which are listed on Medicare.gov:
• Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community: 7 in September 2010; 3 in August 2009; 4 in August 2008. In 2009, one of the deficiencies was for actual harm.
• Lawrence Presbyterian Manor: 4 in September 2011; 0 in July 2010; and 7 in May 2009.
• Brandon Woods at Alvamar: 20 in June 2011; 10 in May 2010; and 19 in March 2009. In June, two were for actual harm and two were for mistreatment, which can range from paperwork issues to actual physical harm. In 2010, one was for mistreatment, and in 2009 one was for actual harm and one was for mistreatment.
KABC looks at three years of inspections to identify trends in care versus a snapshot.
“Things can change in a heartbeat in a nursing home — both in good ways and in not so good ways,” Hamm said. “By observing three inspections, sometimes you can identify trends for consistent care whether it’s good or bad. This can be especially helpful with citations as they relate to the person who needs the care. For instance, if a prospective resident is known to have problems with urinary tract infections, and the facility has consistently been cited for issues relating to UTIs, it might be a facility to avoid or be considered very cautiously.”
For more information about nursing homes or long-term care, contact the agency by phone at 800-525-1782 or by email at email@example.com, or visit its website at kabc.org.