Washington

Key Findings

  • Washington dropped five spots in this year’s national nursing home ranking (#27), but still managed to hang on to its “C” average.
  • Washington is one of only three states that scored superior or above average staffing grades but whose nursing homes had a high rate of severe deficiencies.
  • Washington continued to have one of the highest occurrences of nursing homes with severe deficiencies nationwide, 1 in 3 facilities were cited for abuse, neglect or mistreatment.
  • Washington nursing home residents have a better chance of finding a nurse when they need help as the state scored a superior grade in the percentage of nursing homes with above average professional nursing staff levels.
  • Washington nursing home care ranks last Pacific Alaska region, scoring the region’s lowest grades in 3 of 8 statistical measures.
Criteria2014
Data
2014
Grade
2014
Rank
2013
Rank
2013
Grade
2013
Data
Direct Care Staffing Above Average78.57%B17 16B71.04%
Direct Care Staffing Hours per Resident2.63B13 19B2.53
Facilities With Deficiencies93.30%C29 35D94.25%
Facilities With Severe Deficiencies33.93%F48 48F38.50%
Health Inspections Above Average40.63%D39 28C34.08%
Professional Nurse Staffing Above Average87.05%A10 8A83.71%
Professional Nursing Hours per Resident1.76B13 10A0.98
Verified Ombudsman Complaints85.53%D38 25C77.39%