With the coronavirus and infection control now capturing the world’s attention, those searching for nursing homes have a valuable tool in the Nursing Home Compare database from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). One area that you can pinpoint is the number of deficiencies found by CMS.
Deficiencies by Montana Nursing Homes
Numerous Montana nursing homes have the following deficiency description — “provide and implement an infection prevention and control program.” Approximately 24 different nursing homes from across the state of Montana were found to be deficient in that regard in the time frame of August 2018 to late 2019, including nursing homes in Bozeman, Kalispell, Whitefish, and Great Falls. Some of the nursing homes identified were Benefis Senior Services, Eagle Cliff Manor, Whitefish Care and Rehabilitation, Clark Fork Valley Nursing Home, and Aspen Meadows Health and Rehabilitation, to name a few.
Importance of Infection Control
The importance of having an infection control plan in place is highlighted by the Seattle-area nursing home initially at the center of the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state around March 10, 2020. As of that date, twenty-six of 120 patients at Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, had died from the virus, with 13 out of 15 autopsies confirming it as the cause of death. More than a third of the center’s employees were out sick with the virus. You can read more about it here.
Contact an Elder Abuse Attorney
Infections are a common source of nursing home litigation. If you or a loved one has been the victim of deficient nursing home practices, you should contact McGrady Law for a free consultation.