(TALLAHASSEE, FL) September 10, 2014 – New Hampshire 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 superior grades in five of eight statistical measures and above average grades in all but one category buoyed New Hampshire’s nursing home ranking.
“New Hampshirites should be proud of their continued nursing home success,” said Brian Lee, Families for Better Care’s executive director.
According to the report card, New Hampshire owned the nation’s best ombudsman record for the second year in a row; verifying fewer than 35 percent of registered complaints translated to fewer resident concerns. Additionally, New Hampshire ranked even higher this year in percentage of facilities that scored deficiency-free inspections.
Despite New Hampshire’s strong showing the report also exposed a glaring blemish.
“Ranking 31st overall in professional nursing hours per resident daily indicates much needed room for improvement,” Lee said. “New Hampshire must ensure that residents have plenty of access to professional nurses so they receive the highest quality of care possible—something we believe they can achieve in the coming year.”
New Hampshire’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.