Law Firm Representing Injured Residents of Willow Wood Care Center
To ensure nursing home residents remain safe in their environment, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the state of Utah conduct routinely scheduled surveys and unannounced inspections of every nursing facility under their jurisdiction. These extensive surveys help inspectors identify minor to serious infractions and violations. After performing observations and conducting interviews, the state and federal nursing agencies notify the facility of all acknowledged deficiencies to ensure these problems are quickly corrected. The corrections and adjustments might involve revising ineffective policies and procedures or the need to provide additional training to the nursing staff.
In some cases, deficiencies are the result of serious underlying problems that require extensive improvements and ongoing inspections. If the nursing home is unable or unwilling to make necessary adjustments and needed improvements, the Home may be placed on the Special Focus Facility (SFF) list. The SFF designation helps a public identify a nursing facility in their community that has provided substandard care to their residents.