(TALLAHASSEE, FL) September 10, 2014 – New York ranks near the bottom in nursing home care for the second consecutive year, 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 11.10.54 AM“New York’s ranking shows that nursing homes are riddled with problems,” said Brian Lee, the group’s executive director.

The state scored failing or below average grades in 5 of 8 categories, ranking lowest in verified ombudsman complaints (45th), the percentage of facilities with above average caregivers (43rd), and the percentage of facilities with above average professional nurse staffing (43rd).

“Inadequate staffing levels continue to fuel widespread neglect and abuse,” said Lee. “Professional nurses and frontline caregivers cannot properly care for residents if they are overworked and short-staffed.”

According to the report card, over 92 percent of the facilities were cited one or more deficiencies and more than half of all homes failed to score an above average health inspection rating.

“We hope this failing nursing home report card serves as a wake up call for Governor Cuomo and the New York Legislature,” said Lee. “They can reverse the state’s trend of nursing home neglect by passing and enforcing a tough staffing standard.”

New York’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.