South Dakota

Key Findings

  • South Dakota’s nursing home ranking nosedived 19 spots, falling all the way #28 and making it the nation’s biggest loser in nursing home quality.
  • South Dakota’s nursing home residents interacted with professional nursing home staff less than 75 minutes per day—the lowest number of professional nurse hours per resident per day.
  • One in five nursing South Dakota nursing homes were cited a severe deficiency—nearly a 5 percent jump since 2013.
  • 60 percent of South Dakota’s nursing homes failed to score an above average inspection.
  • South Dakota’s ombudsmen verified just over half of reported complaints a relative low number when compared to other states.
  • South Dakota nursing home care ranked fifth overall in the Rocky Mountain region, scoring the region’s lowest grade in professional nurse hours.
Criteria2014
Data
2014
Grade
2014
Rank
2013
Rank
2013
Grade
2013
Data
Direct Care Staffing Above Average78.38%B18 19B69.16%
Direct Care Staffing Hours per Resident2.47C27 28C2.44
Facilities With Deficiencies85.59%B14 12B84.82%
Facilities With Severe Deficiencies19.82%D31 19B15.18%
Health Inspections Above Average39.64%F43 33D33.94%
Professional Nurse Staffing Above Average85.59%B15 9A83.18%
Professional Nursing Hours per Resident1.24F51 22C0.84
Verified Ombudsman Complaints59.76%A10 9A55.62%