Local nursing home listed among worst in the country

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

December 3, 2007
NEWS 12 at 6 o'clock

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Place of Augusta is a local nursing home that's been serving the community for years. But they found themselves on an unwanted list--the 54 worst nursing homes in the country.

"It was disappointing, especially in view of all the hardwork everybody's been doing here," said Jane Lancaster, the Nursing Supervisor.

Jeff Dickson's mother-in-law lives at The Place in Augusta. He says the nursing home should not be on the list.

"It's a gross mistake in my opinion," said Dickson,"I stay up here anywhere from 3...5...7 times a day. My wife comes up here all the time. I spend more time here than I did at home. These people give professional care."

The facility is listed as one of the worst nursing homes because state health inspectors found 9 health violations, including: failure to make sure the nursing home is free of dangers that cause accidents, failure to have a program to keep infection from spreading and failure to provide needed housekeeping and maintenance.

"I don't see it. I can't tell it," said Dickson.

Employees say the violation survey is misleading.

"Anything that was identified by the surveys was immediately corrected," added Lancaster.

Lancaster says some violations were corrected as soon as two days after the inspection. All 10 violations were corrected by mid-September--almost three months before the worst nursing home list was made public.

And just two months ago, The Place of Augusta was found to be in "substantial compliance with nursing home requirements," according to a letter from the Georgia Department of Human Resources.

"We've got new management here," says Lancaster,"People that are dedicated to the facility...dedicated to the residents."

And the residents' families are standing up for the place their loved ones call home.

"It aggravates me as a citizen with my taxpayer money to have the government come in and delegate that this is not a good place -- because it is," said Dickson.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2008 at 06:29 PM
  • by Cheryl Jordan Location: Augusta on Dec 4, 2007 at 02:04 PM
    Anyone that has a relative in a nursing home-should visit them everyday-or go unannounced and at different times in between shift changes. You will be surprised as to what you will see. And the staff will warn others that you are there.
  • by Leslie Location: Evans, GA on Dec 4, 2007 at 08:07 AM
    I just have to say, it is really sad the state had to come in and tell these people what was wrong. They get a set of guidelines to tell them right and wrong and should have done it that way in the first place. They should be striving to do more than just getting by and striving for more than "substantial compliance". They do deserve to be on the list. They should think about how they want to be treated in such a situation and do their best to make it that way. I know how hard it is to take care of an elderly person who is losing their right mind and can't take care of themselves. You have to be the right kind of person for the job and most of the time the people working in the nursing homes are not the right people. Just like Ms. Riddleberger said they are just there for the money.
  • by Juanita Riddleberger on Dec 4, 2007 at 07:35 AM
    I was so glad to hear that there had been some inspections done on nursing homes. I had an experience with a (so call top nursing home in another state) and I still have nightmares of things that went on at this institution!! It was a horrible experience and I pray God will just go on and take me if it ever comes the day I would have to go in one. After my experience I have talked to people with loved ones in nursing homes and people who have or is now working in them, and I hear no good stories. These employees hands are tied as to what they can do, these places are for the MONEY, they care nothing for our elderly. I'm sure God is watching them!!! I believe that each one of these places in all states should be closely monitored and a bill passed to have surveillience cameras in all of them.
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