(TALLAHASSEE, FL) September 10, 2014 – For the second year in a row, nursing home quality of care doesn’t get any worst than in the state of Texas, 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.
Texas scored failing grades in six of eight statistical categories.
“Nursing home owners and state officials can’t seem to get nursing home care right in the Lone Star state,” said Brian Lee, the group’s executive director. “Failing to improve the state’s already dreadful nursing home record is absolutely shameful.”
According to the report card, fewer than 10 percent of Texas nursing homes staffed at above average professional nursing levels while more than 85 percent hired at or below the minimum number of caregivers required to meet residents’ needs.
“Texas did nothing to improve staffing levels over the last year,” said Lee. “There were fewer staff caring for residents which only resulted in poorer inspection scores; less than 20 percent of Texas nursing homes scored above average inspection ratings and almost 95 percent were cited one or more deficiencies.”
“We hope this report card encourages Governor Perry and the Texas Legislature to act quickly in improving regulatory safeguards for elderly and disabled residents,” said Lee.
Texas’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.