(TALLAHASSEE, FL) – Kentucky ranks near the bottom in nursing home quality of care, reports Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group.
The group published the nation’s first-ever state-by-state nursing home report card by analyzing eight federal measures to gauge nursing home quality. Kentucky’s nursing home care was so bad that the state scored below average grades in 5 of 8 statistical categories.
Poorest grades related to the percentage of facilities with above average health inspections, the percentage of facilities with above average caregivers, and the percentage of facilities with above average registered nurse staffing—ranking 41st, 38th, and 38th respectively.
“Kentucky represents what’s terribly wrong with nursing home care and oversight in America,” said Brian Lee, the group’s executive director. “State officials and industry representatives should be ashamed of their abysmal nursing home record.”
According to the report card, nearly 94 percent of the Commonwealth’s nursing homes were cited one or more deficiencies. Worst yet, 1 in 5 nursing homes were cited a severe deficiency, indicating widespread abuse, neglect and mistreatment of residents.
“Sadly, these survey numbers represent real people,” said Bernie Vonderheide, President of Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform.
“Human beings being abused and neglected every day. That’s why Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform will request that Governor Beshear very soon call a special session on nursing home reform to deal with this crisis,” Vonderheide declared.
Illinois’s 2013 Nursing Home Report Card is available for download at http://www.nursinghomereportcards.com.
ABOUT FAMILIES FOR BETTER CARE
Families for Better Care, Inc. is a non-profit citizen advocacy group dedicated to creating public awareness of the conditions in our nation’s nursing homes and other long-term care settings and developing effective solutions for improving quality of life and care. Families for Better Care is located in Tallahassee, Florida. For more information, visit http://familiesforbettercare.com.
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Brian Lee, Executive Director