Low Nursing Home Care Ratings Lead To Benchmark For Improved Care

A new study is reformatting data from the nursing home rating system to identify states in which 1 and 2 star ratings hold a high percentage. One state housing the largest amount of 1 and 2 star nursing homes has a percentage of 51 facilities below a 3-5 star rating. Another state has 41 percent of its facilities holding 1 and 2 star ratings.

“It’s important to look at this because nursing-home residents are some of the oldest and frailest individuals in the United States,” said one of the study’s co-authors. The larger picture of the data analysis reveals that one third of all United States nursing homes fall below a 3 star rating, landing in the 1 and 2 star categories.

However, one state is making strides to improve care because of the ratings. Nursing home care experts acknowledge that data provides a benchmark for improved quality of care. The low ratings, which have been applied mostly to low staffing levels, give nursing home facilities something to improve. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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