(TALLAHASSEE, FL) September 10, 2014 – Vermont 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.

Buoyed by improvements in 6 of 8 quScreen Shot 2014-09-10 at 5.10.22 PMality measures, Vermont’s nursing home ranking surged to #4 overall, up from #12 last year, making it one of this year’s biggest quality movers.

“Vermonters 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 staffing levels and a lower percentage of severe deficiencies fueled better inspection scores. Half of all inspections were rated as above average—a 16 percent increase over the previous year.

Despite Vermont’s strong showing the report also exposed a glaring blemish. The inordinately high percentage of verified ombudsman complaints means indicates widespread concerns from residents about their care.

“Dropping ten spots to 44th overall in a key regulatory measure certainly indicates some room for improvement,” Lee said.

Vermont’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.