According to a non-profit citizen advocacy group dedicated to creating public awareness of the conditions in U.S. nursing homes and other long-term care settings and developing effective solutions for improving quality of life and care, nearly 90% of all U.S. nursing homes were cited with a deficiency; 1 in 5 U.S. nursing homes abused, neglected, or mistreated residents in almost half of all U.S. states; only seven U.S. states provided more than one hour of professional nursing care per resident per day; and, 96% of U.S. states offered residents fewer than three hours of direct resident care per day.
The lowest ranked nursing home states that scored an overall failing grade were Texas (51), Louisiana (50), Indiana (49), Oklahoma (48), Missouri (47), New Mexico (46), New York (45), Michigan (44), Nevada (43), Illinois (42), and Iowa (41). Regionally, the Southwest ranked lowest: three of four states scored failing grades with the remainder scoring a below average mark.
The highest ranked nursing home states that scored an overall superior grade were Alaska (1), Rhode Island (2), New Hampshire (3), Hawaii (4), Oregon (5), Maine (6), Utah (7), Idaho (8), South Dakota (9), and North Dakota (10). Regionally, the Pacific Alaska Region ranked best: three of four states scored a superior grade overall.
U.S. states where nursing homes employed an abundance of professional nurses and frontline caregivers received higher marks: Alaska, Hawaii, and Maine scored a “superior” grade in all staffing measures and each was ranked among the U.S.’s best nursing home states; Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas had failing staffing measures and each scored a below average overall grade.
More than 1.5 million people in the United States live in one of 15,543 U.S. nursing homes. The number of nursing home residents is expected to increase by as much as 40% over the next decade as baby boomers age and more of them require nursing home care.
Source Nursing Home Report Card issued by Families For Better Care, Inc.
Families For Better Care acts as a watchdog of the long-term care continuum on behalf of residents, families, and consumers; educates the public about residents’ rights; educates residents, families, consumers, and facility staff about best practices in resident-centered care; advocates for changes in laws and regulations that will strengthen the quality of life and care for residents; collaborates with other citizen advocacy groups, resident and family councils, ombudsmen, and other health care providers and agencies to support quality nursing home care; and, empowers families to advocate for the highest quality care through the creation and operation of effective, independent family councils.
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