Arkansas

Key Findings

  • Arkansas surged higher in overall nursing home care, up for 14 spots from its dreadfully low 39th ranking in 2013.
  • Despite Arkansas’s strong 2014 showing, the state failed three critical measures: professional nurse hours, percentage of facilities with above average professional nursing hours, and percentage of facilities with deficiencies.
  • State inspectors uncovered at least one deficiency in nearly every Arkansas nursing home, making Arkansas among the states with the highest percentage of violations.
  • Four in five Arkansas nursing homes had middling to below average professional nursing staff levels.
  • Arkansas nursing home residents received less than 1 hour and 28 minutes of professional nursing care daily.
  • Arkansas is the only state that scored a passing grade in the dreadful Southwest region.
Criteria2014
Data
2014
Grade
2014
Rank
2013
Rank
2013
Grade
2013
Data
Direct Care Staffing Above Average71.43%D31 34D54.05%
Direct Care Staffing Hours per Resident2.83A6 6A2.81
Facilities With Deficiencies96.54%F43 43F95.69%
Facilities With Severe Deficiencies16.88%C24 38D25.86%
Health Inspections Above Average45.89%A5 39D33.33%
Professional Nurse Staffing Above Average18.18%F48 48F11.71%
Professional Nursing Hours per Resident1.46F42 47F0.56
Verified Ombudsman Complaints51.04%A7 6A48.82%