Thursday, August 15, 2013

Finally! A Resource for Evaluating Nursing Home Care

There are 1.5 million people in nursing homes throughout the nation, and the population is expected to grow by 40% over the next decade.  

For those seeking a tool that assesses the state of these facilities as they or their relatives consider entering one, there's a guide in Families for Better Care's recent report that evaluates each state's care delivery. 

Organized as a report card, the document assigns a letter grade to each state. Topping the report's list with A's are Alaska, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Oregon, Maine, Utah, Idaho, South Dakato and North Dakota. Earning F's are Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Michigan, Nevada, Illinois and Iowa. 

Of special note in the report are these findings:

  • More professional nursing staff are needed — Only seven states provided more than one hour of professional nursing care per resident per day.
  • An abundant lack of staffing — 96 percent of states offered residents fewer than three hours of direct resident care per day.
  • Numerous violations — Regulators cited 90 percent of nursing homes one or more deficiencies.
  • Widespread abuse and neglect — One in five nursing homes abused, neglected or mistreated residents in almost half of all states.
The entire report is available here.  

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