EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - A federal list on troubled nursing homes was released Monday, and two Tri-State facilities were on that list.
The list includes hundreds of nursing homes around the country where inspectors found issues.
Two U.S. Senators gave the list to the Associated Press Monday, hoping it’s permanently made public to help families find care for loved ones.
After looking through the list, we found both Twin River Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Owensboro, and Signature Healthcare of Newburgh on the list.
Federal data shows Twin Rivers had 15 health citations during their last health inspection in September and Signature Healthcare had 34 during their last inspection, which was in April of 2018.
The average number of health citations nationwide is 7.9 according to medicare.gov.
Michelle Motta is the Executive Director for Voices Long Term Care, an advocacy center for nursing home residents. She believes this list will be beneficial.
“I think it brings awareness for people to know that, first of all, there is a list, and to maybe be thinking about their loved one or when they need to go into a nursing home," said Motta.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services identifies the facilities listed as having a persistent record of poor care. Motta says that, locally, low staffing is a huge factor.
“So maybe residents are not getting their medications timely, not getting the showers they are required to get, their meals may be late, staff could be overworked so staff attitudes may not be very good," said Motta.
And at the worst, Motta says they sometimes deal with residents who have experienced physical abuse.
Now, after a duo of US Senators released the list of troubled nursing homes to the Associated Press, Motta says to utilize it, and also check nursing homes for yourself.
“Use your instincts. Are they smelling odors? Does the food smell good? Are they seeing residents that are clean? Are the call lights going off? There are certain things that they can do in being informed consumers in making, finding the best fit for them," said Motta.