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Arizona VA nursing home ranks among worst in US

Posted at 11:03 AM, Jun 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-18 14:03:59-04

Data show that an Arizona veterans' affairs nursing home ranks among the worst in the nation.

The Arizona Republic reports the Department of Veterans' Affairs Community Living Center in Prescott received a one-star rating from the agency - the lowest score in a five-star system.
VA data show the Prescott nursing home provides short-term rehabilitation and stabilization for veterans, including medical care, nursing and multiple therapies. Although it has 85 beds, the most recently available records indicate only 45 are typically in use.
VA data show 45 percent of patients report frequent severe or moderate pain, or horrible pain within the previous five days. By comparison, 33 percent of patients in other VA living centers report that level of discomfort, and only 6 percent in private care facilities.
A Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System spokeswoman did not respond to questions about care at the home.