(TALLAHASSEE, FL) September 10, 2014 – Florida 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 2014-09-11 at 11.21.55 AMBuoyed by marginal improvements in 6 of 8 quality measures, Florida’s nursing home ranking climbed to #6 overall, up from #11 last year.

“Floridians should be proud of this year’s nursing home success,” said Brian Lee, Families for Better Care’s executive director.

According to the report card, 90 percent of Florida’s nursing homes were cited one or more deficiencies, but severe deficiencies in Florida’s nursing homes shrank nearly two percent and rank among the lowest in the nation.

Despite Florida’s strong showing the report also exposed some problems. Roughly 1 in 5 Florida nursing homes remain on Florida’s watch list for dangerous conditions; while professional nurse hours remain relatively low, reflecting a sharp decline in the state’s health inspection ranking.

“Dropping 14 spots to 22nd overall in a key staffing measure certainly indicates some room for improvement,” Lee said. “Health inspectors should closely monitor staffing over the next year to ensure quality resident care.”

Florida’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.