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Information & Ratings on Westwood Center Nursing Home, Bluefield, Virginia
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Nursing home negligence takes on many forms, where the nursing staff can misbehave, or other patients assault the resident because of a lack of supervision. Many nursing homes throughout Virginia are understaffed, or the administration hires inadequately trained Nurses and Nurse’s Aides. Other nursing facilities did not follow acceptable practices for providing the utmost care.
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Westwood Center Nursing Home
This long-term care home is a "for-profit" 65-certified bed center providing cares and services to residents of Bluefield and Tazewell County, Virginia. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
Westwood Medical Park
Bluefield, Virginia 24605
Westwood Center Nursing Home
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Westwood Center Nursing Home offers other services. Additional focused care includes short-stay care, IV (intravenous) therapy, respite care, hospice, wound care, dementia and memory care, colostomy care, and restorative services involving physical, speech and occupational therapies.
Financial Penalties and Violations
State investigators working on behalf of the federal government, Medicare, and Medicaid have the legal authority to impose monetary fines or deny payment for Medicare services to any nursing facility that has violated rules and regulations.
The nursing home received five complaints over the last three years that resulted in a violation citation. Additional information about this nursing home can be found on the Virginia Department of Health Professionals Complaint Website.
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Bluefield Virginia Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Your family can visit Medicare.gov and the Virginia Department of Public Health website to obtain a complete list of all violations, citations, and deficiencies identified by investigators and surveyors.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of two out of five stars, including two out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Provide Residents Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of New Bedsores or Allow Existing Pressure Wound to Heal – citation #F314 date July 20, 2017
The state investigators determined that “the facility staff failed to ensure wound care was accurately performed for [one resident].” Specifically, “the facility staff failed to ensure pain was addressed before, during, and after wound care and wound care was stopped once [the resident] experienced and verbalized pain.”
The incident involved a resident with short-term and long-term memory problems and “being severely impaired in cognition skills for daily decision-making.” The resident’s medical records indicated that the resident “was totally dependent on one staff member for dressing, eating, toilet use, personal hygiene, and bathing.” The resident was also “coded as being totally dependent on two or more staff members for bed mobility.”
The resident had impairment of the upper and lower extremities and had “a Foley catheter” and was “always incontinent of bowel.” The resident made “non-verbal sounds, vocal complaints and facial expressions of pain.”
The medical records indicated that the resident had a stage IV (life-threatening) pressure ulcer that was present on admission or reentry into the facility and an unstageable pressure ulcer with Suspected Deep Tissue Injury that was not present on admission [facility acquired] or re-entry into the facility.”
The resident’s Clinical Record Review revealed that the resident had “actual skin breakdown related to limited mobility” and needed to wear Prevalon boots to the bilateral feet while in bed.” The nursing staff was guided to turn and reposition the resident every two hours and as needed when requested.
On July 27, 2017, at 10:55 AM, the surveyor “went to the Wound Care Nurse and asked him when he was going to change [the resident’s] dressings today. The Wound Care Nurse stated, ‘I have already done those early this morning because I am leaving early today. I can go back and redress them for you to see if you would like.’”
The survey stated that “this observation could be done tomorrow morning, but please pass along this message to the nurse that would be doing the dressing changes on that resident.” When the observation was made the next day, the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) failed to follow established protocols including a failure to wash hands before applying a new pair of gloves, creating the potential of infection.
Were You Abused or Neglected at Westwood Center Nursing Home? We Can Help
Do you believe that your loved one is the victim of mistreatment, abuse, or neglect while living at Westwood Center Nursing Home? Contact the Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Tazewell County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Bluefield.
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