(TALLAHASSEE, FL) September 10, 2014 – For the second year in a row, Louisiana ranks among the worst states in nursing home care, reports Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group. The group published its second annual state-by-state nursing home report card by analyzing eight federal measures to gauge nursing home quality.
Louisiana scored failing grades and ranked near the bottom in five statistical categories, including having the second fewest number of facilities (less than 11 percent) that hired enough professional nursing staff.
“Louisiana continues to endanger their elderly,” said Brian Lee, the group’s executive director. “It’s shameful that nursing home owners and state officials did little or nothing to improve the state’s already dreadful nursing home record.”
According to the report card, nursing home negligence remained rampant as 97 percent of the state’s facilities were cited one or more deficiencies.
“Inadequate staffing levels continue be a major problem in Louisiana nursing homes,” said Lee. “Residents are unable to be cared for properly if they receive less than 2 hours and 15 minutes of direct care per day.”
“A great way for Governor Jindal and the Louisiana Legislature to reverse the state’s trend of nursing home neglect is by passing a tough staffing standard,” said Lee.
Louisiana’s 2014 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 developing solutions for improving quality of life and care. For more information, visit http://familiesforbettercare.com.