Q What are the most common deficiencies in Virginia nursing homes?
The Long Term Care Division also publishes annual data on deficiencies in Virginia nursing homes.
- For the past three years, the number one health deficiency in nursing home facilities has been in providing necessary care for the highest practicable well-being of residents.
- That means that the biggest problem in nursing homes in Virginia is giving the residents the best care practicable (not possible, just practicable) to maintain their health.
- The second most frequent health deficiency in Virginia nursing homes for the past three years is that clinical records do not meet professional standards.
Frankly, a lack of complete clinical records can contribute to a facility's failure to provide the best practicable health care for its residents. Balls get dropped. Doctors and nurses on different shifts don't have all the information necessary to do their job, and the residents suffer. In some cases, evidence has been uncovered that staff had "charting parties" where the staff would get together and fill in the blanks in the residents' charts because they had gotten behind in their charting. Charting parties have been known to happen shortly before inspections are due.
Unfortunately, once you have found a long-term care facility for your loved one, your job is not over. If we have learned anything, it is that you must be diligent on behalf of your elderly loved one in a nursing home or assisted-living facility.