(TALLAHASSEE, FL) September 10, 2014 – Delaware ranks near the top in nursing home quality of 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.

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 5.52.18 PMBuoyed by improvements in 6 of 8 quality measures, Delaware’s nursing home ranking surged to #5 overall, up from #14 last year, making it one of this year’s biggest quality movers.

“Delawareans should be proud of this year’s nursing home 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, improved professional nursing staff levels and a lower percentage of deficiencies fueled better inspection scores. Forty-three percent of all inspections were rated as above average—a 10 percent increase over the previous year.

Despite Delaware’s strong showing the report also exposed some problems. A decline in direct care hours is troublesome and may reflect the inordinately high percentage of verified ombudsman complaints.

“Dropping 14 spots to 29th overall in a key staffing measure certainly indicates some room for improvement,” Lee said. “Health inspectors should monitor direct care hours over the next year to prevent any future slippage and ensure residents are safe.”

Delaware’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.