(TALLAHASSEE, FL) September 10, 2014 – Rhode Island is America’s highest rated nursing home state 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.

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 3.19.44 PMRhode Island scored superior grades in five of eight measures for the second year in a row.

“Rhode Islanders should be proud of their success,” said Brian Lee, Families for Better Care’s executive director. “The state exemplifies what can be achieved when operators, regulators and consumers strive for quality nursing home care for residents.”

According to the report card, the state’s highest grade related to the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies—less than 3 percent of nursing homes were cited for abuse, neglect or mistreatment; indicative of a state committed to quality care for elderly and disabled adults.

Despite Rhode Island’s strong showing the report also exposed a glaring blemish.

“Ranking 50th overall in the percentage of nursing homes with above average professional nursing levels certainly indicates some room for improvement,” Lee said. “But overall, Rhode Island sets the nursing home quality bar for the rest of the nation.”

Rhode Island’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.