(TALLAHASSEE, FL) – Nevada 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. Nevada’s nursing home care was so bad that the state failed to manage a passing grade in any statistical category.
Poorest grades related to direct care staffing hours, the percentage of facilities with deficiencies and the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies, ranking 50th, 51st, and 51st respectively.
“Nevada 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, Nevada was one of two states where every nursing home was cited one or more deficiencies. Worst yet, 1 in 3 nursing home were cited a severe deficiency, indicating widespread abuse, neglect and mistreatment.
“Inadequate staffing contributes to the enormity of nursing home neglect,” said Lee. “Residents are unable to be cared for properly when they receive fewer than 2 hours and 10 minutes of care daily.”
“Governor Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature must do a better job caring for elderly and disabled nursing home residents,” said Lee. “They can start by mandating a higher staffing standard.”
Nevada’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