New report reveals problems in nursing homes across the country

Making the choice to put a loved one into the care of a nursing home can be a challenging decision. Often, family members are left with concerns about the quality of care their loved one will receive. Currently, over 1.5 million people reside in long-term care facilities in the United States. Unfortunately, not all residents receive the type of care their family members expect of the facility.

Recently, Families for Better Care conducted an in-depth study of nursing homes in all 50 states and Washington D.C. The researchers examined long-term care facilities based on a number of factors, including:

  • Staffing levels.
  • Number of deficiencies.
  • Inspection reports.
  • Complaints.

The results in many locations were disappointing. In fact, nursing homes in only seven states provided an average of over one hour of care from an RN to the residents each day. As the number of people in nursing homes continues to increase, many contend that long-term care facilities should be making improvements in their facilities as quickly as possible. In part due to the aging baby boomer population, experts anticipate a 40 percent rise in the number of nursing home residents in the next 10 years.

Washington D.C. received failing scores in some areas

Although the nursing homes in Washington D.C. received an overall "C" grade in the Families for Better Care report, the facilities received failing scores in certain areas.

For instance, 100 percent of the nursing homes in Washington D.C. were cited for deficiencies - making Washington D.C. the worst location in the country in this category. In addition, almost one-half of the facilities in D.C. were cited for severe deficiencies.

The long-term care facilities in D.C. also received a failing score for the number of complaints received about the care provided. In total, almost 99 percent of the nursing homes in D.C. received verified complaints.

Nursing homes in D.C. received a "C" in the area of RN staffing, as over 61 percent of the facilities had above average RN staffing levels. On average, however, residents in D.C. nursing homes receive less than one hour of care from an RN each day.

While D.C. residents may not receive much care from RNs, the direct care staffing levels are above average at over 83 percent of nursing homes. Residents receive an average of over 2.5 hours of direct care every day.

D.C. nursing homes also scored well when it came to having above average health inspection scores - ranking first in the country.

If you suspect a loved one has not been treated properly at a nursing home, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure his or her rights are protected.