Most of the readers of this blog are well aware of Medicare’s new Five Star Rating system for nursing homes. Do you want to know what life is like for residents of facilities who receive the lowest rating (one star)?

The lobby smelled of urine. In one room, investigators found a 97-year-old woman, lying in her own waste. She had severe bruises on her arm, foot and both legs that the staff could not immediately explain. Another resident had a bed sore larger than a golf ball and dripping blood. According to the Chicago Tribune, this was life in one of Illinois’ “one-star” nursing homes.

Wonder what life is like in the one star nursing homes near my hometown of Roanoke, Virginia? Those one star facilities include:

Avante at Roanoke
Raleigh Court Healthcare Center (Owned by Medical Facilities of America)
Berkshire Health and Rehabilitation Center (Owned by Medical Facilities of America)
Friendship Health and Rehabilitation Center (Friendship Manor)
Pheasant Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Virginia Veterans Care Center
Salem Health and Rehabilitation Center (Owned by Medical Facilities of America)
Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at