New York Fails Nursing Home Report Card

Families for Better Care, a Florida based nursing home resident advocacy group, published the first ever state by state nursing home report card.  New York received a failing grade and was ranked 45th in the nation.  New York was the only state on the eastern seaboard that received a failing grade.  The state failed half of the measures and mustered only one above average grade.  Direct care staff hours and professional nurse services graded particularly poorly.

New York’s nationwide nursing home standing is similar to its highway’s 46th place finish in the 20th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems of Reason Foundation.

Families for Better Care scored, ranked and graded states on eight different federal quality measures of nursing home care ranging from the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies to the number of hours frontline caregivers averaged per resident per day.

Other states that failed include: Texas (51), Louisiana (50), Indiana (49), Oklahoma (48), Missouri (47), New Mexico (46), Michigan (44), Nevada (43), Illinois (42), and Iowa (41).

The highest ranked nursing home states that scored an overall superior grade include:  Alaska (1), Rhode Island (2), New Hampshire (3), Hawaii (4), Oregon (5), Maine (6), Utah (7), Idaho (8), South Dakota (9), and North Dakota (10).

Key findings regarding the quality (more like the lack thereof) in New York include:

The quality of New York’s nursing home care was so poor that the state mustered only one above average grade, barely squeezing out a “B” in the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies.

Professional nursing services were almost nonexistent in New York’s nursing homes as residents barely received 40 minutes of professional nursing care per day.

New York’s 91.33% ombudsman complaint verification rate is terribly high when compared to other states.

New York’s failing nursing home care ranks at the bottom of the Northeast Region, scoring the region’s worst grades in more than half of analyzed categories.

Key findings overall nationally included:

• More professional nursing staff are needed—Only seven states provided more than one hour of professional nursing care per resident per day.

• An abundant lack of staffing—96 percent of states offered residents fewer than three hours of direct resident care per day.

• Numerous violations—Regulators cited 90 percent of nursing homes one or more deficiencies.

• Widespread abuse and neglect—One in five nursing homes abused, neglected or mistreated residents in almost half of all states.

The Nursing Home Report Card utilized staffing data compiled by the Kaiser Health Foundation, performance measures from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Nursing Home Compare and the Office of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman complaint data.

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 other long-term care settings and developing effective solutions for improving quality of life and care. Families for Better Care is located in Tallahassee, Florida.

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