The answer is provided by a new “5 Star Rating System” provided by Medicare. When using the Medicare site…select “Find and Compare Nursing Homes“….then select “Find Nursing Homes within certain distance” of a zip code or identified city. The nursing homes receiving the highest ratings include:

* SW Virginia Mental Health Institute and Geriatric Treatment Center – Marion, VA

* Clinch Valley Medical Center – Richlands, VA

* Westwood Center – Bluefield, VA

* Waddell Nursing and Rehab Center – Galax, VA

The nursing homes receiving some of the worst ratings include:

* Francis Marion Manor – Marion, VA

* Valley Health Care Center – Chilhowie, VA

* Heritage Hall – Tazewell, VA

* Grace Healthcare of Abingdon – Abingdon, VA

* Edgemont Center – Wytheville, VA

* Grayson Nursing and Rehab – Independence, VA

* Carrington Place at Wytheville/Birdmont Center – Wytheville, VA

* Bland County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Bastian, VA

* McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Gary, WV

* Maples Nursing Home – Bluefield, WV

* Golden Living Center/Blueridge – Galax, VA

* Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Bluefield, WV

My Take: Be an informed consumer of health care and do your loved one a favor….check out the nursing home BEFORE you decide what is best for a family member.

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 dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.