Four of the most poorly managed nursing homes in Colorado are on the list of candidates for the Special Focus Facility program, which is monitored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Because the SFF list is new and only contains four homes located in the Centennial State, it may not at first seem like a big issue when considering which nursing facility to choose for providing elder care. To be on this list, however, shows that regulators flagged serious problems in the way these facilities operate and care for their vulnerable residents, as reported by the Colorado Sun.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services compiled and published a list with the names of about 400 troubled nursing homes throughout the nation. Each location is considered a candidate for the Special Focus Facility program. The nursing homes reached candidacy status based on failing the past three inspections. As a result of their inclusion in the list, the four nursing homes in Colorado may expect to receive a greater degree of monitoring from state and federal regulators. The four facilities that are listed as candidates are owned by SavaSeniorCare with locations in Colorado Springs, Denver, Englewood and Thornton.

One Colorado nursing home, however, is already a current participant in the SFF program. Lakewood’s Bethany Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been part of the SFF program for about a year. In 2017, state inspectors found that its staff failed to investigate a patient’s allegations of abuse, and it was also discovered that two residents were not properly protected from sexual abuse. The facility’s license was not suspended, however, and participating in the SFF program may help the troubled location correct its problems.

Ensuring that a loved one is receiving proper care may often be a responsibility that falls to family members. Regular visits, thorough communication and monitoring of a loved one’s care may help to resolve issues as they occur. The AARP provides some tips on handling common problems and complaints when a family member is in the care of a nursing home.