This is not a scientific study. Nor does my “research” rely on facility visits, or federal investigations like www.medicare.gov’s Medicare’s five-star rating of nursing homes does.

My conclusion on which facilities are the “worst nursing homes in Virginia” is based solely on cold calls to my office. So yes, it’s skewed, it is un researched and it is PURE opinion based on a select group of people with concerns and complaints.

Notwithstanding, I think the following reflects a problem in Virginia nursing homes.

Of the many calls I took in 2009 from family members concerned about abuse and neglect in, the following is true:

  • 96% of facilities were FOR PROFIT
  • 4% were non-profit – Government run (VA, etc.)
  • 0% were non-profit / private
  • 32% were all owned by the same for profit local company

Again, if you have to place a loved one in a nursing home for either short term rehab or long term skilled care, please plan early. If you can plan ahead, you may have access to better care.

I am still waiting for these facilities to put patients over profits, and when they do, I will be out of a job. Sadly for most Virginians, that did not happen in 2009 and so far in 2010, I am not hopeful.

Lauren Ellerman

Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.