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Alaska Gets an A No. 1 Ranking in Nation’s First-Ever, State-by-State Nursing Home Report Card

Alaska is the best. Texas is the worst.

State Report Cards

Alaska

Key Findings

  • Alaska is America’s highest rated nursing home state.
  • Alaska ranks first in every staffing measure.
  • Alaska is the only state where every nursing home had above average registered nurse levels and direct care staff levels per resident per day.
  • Alaska ranks in the top 15 percent for lowest percentage of verified ombudsman complaints and percentage of facilities with deficiencies.
  • Alaska ranks first in the Pacific Alaska Region.
See how your state measures up
Criteria Raw Data Grade Rank
% Facilities With Deficiencies 93.75% D 31
% Facilities With Severe Deficiencies 6.25% A 5
Direct Care Staffing Above Average 100.00% A 1
Direct Care Staffing Hours 3.56 A 1
Health Inspections Above Average 37.50% A 4
RN Hours 1.38 A 1
RN Staffing Above Average 100.00% A 1
Verified Ombudsman Complaints 57.65% B 11

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--()--Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group, published the first-ever state-by-state nursing home report card.

“The data reflect what academicians, residents, families, and ombudsmen have heralded for years; the higher the staffing levels, the better the care”

The group scored, ranked and graded states on eight different federal quality measures ranging from the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies to the number of hours frontline caregivers averaged per resident per day.

The report has generated a lot of interest and garnered coverage on CBS Evening news – http://bit.ly/NHRC2013.

“We’re excited about getting this report into the hands of public officials, nursing home owners, advocates, and — most importantly — residents and their families,” said Brian Lee, Families for Better Care’s executive director. “Our goal is to applaud those states that provide good care while motivating improvement for those that score poorly.”

Top nursing home states included Alaska, Rhode Island and New Hampshire while Texas, Louisiana and Indiana hit rock bottom.

“A distinctive trend differentiated the good states from the bad states,” Lee exclaimed. “States whose nursing homes staffed at higher levels ranked far better than those with fewer staffing hours.”

Three states (Alaska, Hawaii, and Maine) scored “superior” grades in every staffing measure and each ranked among America’s best nursing home states. Conversely, of those four states with failing marks (Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas) each scored below average grades.

“The data reflect what academicians, residents, families, and ombudsmen have heralded for years; the higher the staffing levels, the better the care," Lee explained.

Other key findings 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.

“Slipshod care has festered for decades in far too many of our state’s nursing homes, culminating into thousands of painful or deadly blunders for elderly and disabled residents,” Lee stated. “It’s beyond time that states take a hard look at their nursing home care and figure out what’s working so residents receive safer, more affordable care.”

The 2013 Nursing Home Report Card is available for download at http://www.nursinghomereportcards.com.

ABOUT FAMILIES FOR BETTER CARE

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. For more information, visit http://familiesforbettercare.com.

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Alaska Named Best Nursing Home State

August 08, 2013(TALLAHASSEE, FL) – Alaska is America’s best nursing home state according to a new report published by Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group.

“Alaskans should be proud of their accomplishment,” said Brian Lee, Families for Better Care’s executive director.  “The state exemplifies what can be achieved when operators, regulators and consumers strive for quality nursing home care for residents.”

Alaska staked claim to the best record by scoring superior grades in six of eight federal quality measures, including first overall rankings in every staffing category with 100 percent of the state’s nursing homes staffing above average—the only state to accomplish this feat.

Despite Alaska’s strong showing the report exposed a glaring blemish.

According to the report card, 94 percent of the state’s nursing homes were cited one or more deficiencies.  This high frequency of citations resulted in the state’s only below average grade.

“Ranking 31st overall in a key regulatory measure certainly indicates some room for improvement,” Lee said.  “But overall, Alaska sets the nursing home quality bar for the rest of the nation.”

Alaska’s 2013 Nursing Home Report Card is available for download at http://www.nursinghomereportcards.com.

ABOUT FAMILIES FOR BETTER CARE

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.  For more information, visit http://familiesforbettercare.com.

 

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