With a population of 52,126 , West Columbia, South Carolina is a small city. There are only 3 nursing homes there, which does not give you too many options. We gave this city a city grade of B for overall nursing home quality. This is an average city grade nationally, which is nothing to be ashamed of. The best aspect of West Columbia's strong profile was its nursing homes' inspection scores. We discuss inspections in the next paragraph
In addition to receiving a strong overall grade, this city's nursing homes performed remarkably well in our inspection category. In fact, we awarded West Columbia a grade of A+ for this category, which is one of our highest scores. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in determining these inspection scores. One critical factor is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more important than the number of deficiencies, as some of these are quite minor. West Columbia earned a B+ for our long-term care category. In our final two categories, West Columbia earned a grade of B- for its short-term care grade and a grade of C in the area of nursing.