Nursing homes examined in a federal report

The federal 2009 report from the General Accounting Office assessed nursing homes on many factors, including staffing levels, bed sore prevention, abuse and neglect prevention and other care-based issues. Facilities that were marked as the poorest performing homes averaged a 46 percent greater number of deficiencies that harmed residents when compared to other care centers.

The study brings about recommends to expand the federal program, which monitors nursing homes in the country with the worst ratings. The examination also examined the limits or shortcomings of the federal program, managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The 136 homes, which now have regular inspections, performed the worst performers in their respective states. The study urges CMS to consider a care center's performance relative to other homes that are doing well.

Homes that did not perform well were generally larger, with an average of 102 residents. Such facilities are often part of a chain, for profit and have a running average of about 24 percent fewer nursing hours in comparison to the number of patients.

In the United States, there are somewhere around 16,000 nursing homes. This means that the 580 homes that the federal report describes as the worst make up almost 4 percent of the nation's care facilities.

Hopefully, the study will help individuals uncover the major shortcomings that exist in our care facilities. Furthermore, the evolving research can help create better standards of care for nursing homes in the country.

If you or a loved one has suffered from negligent or inattentive nursing home care, you may benefit from speaking with a knowledgeable elder law attorney in your area.

Source: Crane's Chicago Business, "Illinois ranks high on bad nursing home report," Mike Colias, September 29, 2009

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