October 23, 2020

Senators say six Mississippi nursing homes on list of nation’s underperforming care centers

Six nursing homes in Mississippi are included on a list of about 400 problematic care centers across the country.

The Clarion Ledger reports U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey released the list of problematic centers last week.

The list of centers from Mississippi that made the list include:

  • The Woodland Village Nursing Center, Diamondhead
  • Diversicare of Southaven
  • MS Care Center of Greenville
  • Aurora Health and Rehabilitation, Columbus
  • Walter B. Crook Nursing Facility, Ruleville
  • Meridian Community Living Center

Each is qualified for a federal program called Special Focus Facility, which provides increased scrutiny of homes that “persistently” underperform.

The report says a lack of funding means the increased scrutiny can only be applied to a fraction of problematic facilities.

One Mississippi facility is accused of repeatedly failing to correctly administer medication; another is accused of lacking proper plans for resident care.

Other allegations included verbal abuse and lack of hygiene care.