Grand Junction Nursing Home makes "Worst in State" List

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Bush Administration hopes to shame some nursing homes into improving care by posting a list of the facilities considered among the worst in their states.

Fifty four nursing homes, including Eagle Ridge at Grand Valley in Grand Junction and Kindred Healthcare & Rehab Center of Northglenn, are on the list which will be posted on the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services web site on Thursday. The facilities failed to make improvements after being flagged by inspectors.

Representatives for the Colorado homes were not available for comment Wednesday night.

Every nursing home receiving federal payments undergoes inspections about once a year. Inspectors look for whether residents are properly medicated, helped with daily tasks, and whether steps are taken to prevent accidents and infections.

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