Utah

Key Findings

  • Utah dropped two spots in this year’s national nursing home ranking (#9), but was able to maintain its superior grade overall.
  • Utah nursing homes continued to offer residents a relative abundance of professional and frontline staffing services, totaling nearly five hours of care daily.
  • Nearly 90 percent of Utah’s nursing homes were cited one or more deficiencies—a 25 percent increase over the previous year.
  • 60 percent of Utah nursing homes failed to score an above average health inspection rating.
  • Utah ombudsmen verified relatively few registered complaints in comparison to other states.
  • Utah nursing home care ranks first overall in the Rocky Mountains region, scoring the region’s best ombudsman record with fewest verified complaints.
Criteria2014
Data
2014
Grade
2014
Rank
2013
Rank
2013
Grade
2013
Data
Direct Care Staffing Above Average72.73%C28 32D58.51%
Direct Care Staffing Hours per Resident2.60B15 10A2.64
Facilities With Deficiencies89.90%B18 1A65.00%
Facilities With Severe Deficiencies15.15%B17 25C17.00%
Health Inspections Above Average39.39%F45 50F29.79%
Professional Nurse Staffing Above Average86.87%B11 10A81.91%
Professional Nursing Hours per Resident1.74B17 2A1.23
Verified Ombudsman Complaints57.43%A9 10A57.59%