Nursing homes in the Dayton region have a better inspection record than the state as a whole, but an analysis of three years of state data by this newspaper found serious violations occurring in local homes, including sexual assaults, physical abuse, medication errors and lack of necessary care.
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Five local homes with the lowest deficiency rates
1. Heartland of Greenville, 1 deficiency, 0.12 deficiencies per 10 residents.
2. Heartland of Miamisburg, 1 deficiency, 0.12 per 10 residents.
3. Birchwood Care Center in Hamilton, 1 deficiency, 0.14 per 10 residents.
4. Otterbein Lebanon Retirement Community, 4 deficiencies, 0.17 per 10 residents.
5. Bethany Lutheran Village, 5 deficiencies, 0.20 per 10 residents.
Five local homes with the highest deficiency rates
1. Ridgewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Springfield, 32 deficiencies, 8.9 per 10 residents.
2. Parkside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Fairfield, 47 deficiencies, 7.01 per 10 residents.
3. Four Seasons of Dayton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 31 deficiencies, 6.33 per 10 residents.
4. Astoria Health & Rehab Center, Germantown, 25 deficiencies, 6.1 per 10 residents.
5. Liberty Nursing Center of Oxford, LLC, 35 deficiencies, 6.0 per 10 residents.
Source: U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Who to call for help
To contact the Dayton-Montgomery County Ombudsman’s office, call 1 (800) 395-8267, or go to the ombudsman’s website, http://www.dayton-ombudsman.org/ and click on “Make a Complaint”.
Official complaints can also be lodged with the Ohio Department of Health’s Division of Quality Assurance. The division can be reached at 1 (800) 342-0553, or by email at HCComplaints@odh.ohio.gov. It’s mailing address is Ohio Department of Health, Complaint Unit, 246 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215.
The Dayton Daily News obtained and analyzed inspection data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on 940 Ohio nursing homes. The newspaper then ranked the facilities based on a deficiency rate — the number of deficiencies or citations per 10 occupied beds. The rate normalizes facilities of different sizes, allowing a fairer comparison.
Which Ohio nursing homes have performed worst? Best? Our interactive chart and searchable database have information on Ohio’s 940 nursing homes at MyDaytonDailyNews.com.