BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Two local nursing homes are on a medicare watch list tonight. State records show conditions inside are unhealthy and in some cases dangerous.
WKBN went through dozens of documents today, and uncovered some shocking details about the conditions inside of these buildings.
The state has sent numerous reports to the operators of Campus Health Care in Liberty and Greenbriar Center in Boardman.
But after months of no change, the nursing homes have been added to a special watch list, known as the government’s “Special Focus Facility” initiative.
Christine Coiner has a friend at Greenbriar. She says she’s glad the state is looking into the nursing home.
“They will not allow him any type of physical therapy, and he would pay for it out of his own pocket,” Coiner said. “So basically he sits in a chair or in his bed 24-7.”
At Campus Health, state inspections found piles of human waste sitting on the floor and unsanitary medical equipment. At Greenbriar, inspectors accuse employees of stealing medications from patients.
In several cases, patients were injured or placed in “immediate jeopardy” by the conditions in the homes.
The state is now watching both nursing homes closely.
Between insurance and Medicaid, nursing homes receive $5,000 to $8,000 each month for each patient.
“The last thing we want to see happen is that taxpayer dollars are going in to provide bad care,” John Saulitis with the Area Agency on Aging said.
If the nursing homes don’t improve, they will be cut out of the Medicare program.
The Area Agency on Aging sends advocates into the nursing homes on a regular basis. Those advocates say people should contact the agency if they have questions about their loved ones’ homes.
Both nursing homes declined to speak to WKBN for this story.
Below is a list of recent complaint inspection reports from both nursing homes:
WKBN also found a list of nursing homes across the country that are in the government’s improvement program.