(TALLAHASSEE, FL) September 10, 2014 – Maine ranks near the top in nursing home quality of care for the second year in a row, 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.
Scoring above average grades in all but two category buoyed Maine’s nursing home ranking.
“Mainers should be proud of their continued nursing home success,” said Brian Lee, Families for Better Care’s executive director.
According to the report card, every Maine nursing home staffed at above average levels in professional nursing care, the only state to accomplish this feat over the last year. Additionally, Maine’s ranked considerably higher this year in percentage of facilities with above average health inspections, surging from 45th to 9th overall.
Despite Maine’s strong showing the report also exposed a glaring blemish.
“Dropping to 37th overall in the percentage of nursing homes with above average professional nursing levels indicates some room for improvement,” Lee said. “But if nursing homes owners reinvest profits into hiring more professional nurses, this measure should bounce higher and residents will receive even better quality of care.”
Maine’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.