1234 Washington Boulevard.
Westminster, Maryland 21157
The Golden Living Center in Westminster has 170 beds. The nursing home participates in Medicare and Medicaid. It is a for-profit corporate facility, owned by national nursing home titan Golden Living Center, one of the 200 largest privately held companies in the country. There are three other Golden Living nursing homes in Maryland in (Frederick, Cumberland, and Hagerstown).
Medicare rates the Golden Living nursing as 'much below average.' In fact, all of the Golden LivingCenter nursing homes in Maryland had the worst possible overall score except for Hagerstown which managed to earn two stars for a "below average" rating.Health Inspections
The Golden Living Center of Westminster received a 'much below average' rating in this area. The results should give anyone considering the use of this facility pause. The deficiencies are extensive. In the category of 'health deficiencies,' they ran up a total of 25. In Maryland, the average is 10; nationally it is 7. They received the worst possible rating for a reason.
This facility was cited for such things as
- Employees talking about how one of the residents was overweight which caused the resident to cry
- Dirty bathrooms
- Failure to classify bed sores
- Failure to have a care plan in place for such things as urinary incontinence
- Failure to document the administration of pain medications
- Failure to have an effective pain management system in place
- Failure to take proper precautions to prevent UTIs
- Failure to make sure residents are not receiving unnecessary drugs
- Failure to protect food from potential physical contamination because a server did not wash her hands
- Failure to have a program that control and prevents infection and bed sores
We could go on, but you get the idea. You can read the most recent 2016 inspection report here to get the full flavor.Staffing
Golden Living Center of Westminster received an 'average' rating for their staffing in general, and their RN staffing separately. The total number of licensed staff hours is comparable to national averages but lower than state levels. LPN hours are greater than the state and federal counterparts, but the CAN hours are noticeable shorter. Finally, the time provided per patient for physical therapy is less than half of what is provided by the Maryland state average, and the federal amount is half-again the length of Westminster.
It seems this is how Golden LivingCenter operates its nursing homes. They stay right around the national averages. Why do they shoot for average? The guess here is that it has something to do with the fact that labor costs money and this company brings in over $3 billion in revenues.Quality Measures
The overall rating of their quality measures is also 'average.' They meet or exceed state and federal levels for seasonal vaccinations, and short-term residents experiencing functional improvements. Additionally, the percent of short-term residents receiving antipsychotic medicine is on par with others, and there are fewer patients with pressure ulcers. Patient pain self-reports, and the successful reentry of short-term residents back to the community both fall short of the state and federal percentages. As well, long-term patients show a propensity for decreasing mobility, and the need for help with independent activities is comparatively high.
- Website page for Golden LivingCenter in Westminster
- Some reviews of the nursing home on Facebook. There are both positive and negative reviews.
- Here is a lawsuit filed in 2016 against the Golden LivingCenter in Maryland
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