Study: Racial Disparities In Nursing Home Care

A recent study found that poor and aging black Americans may have lower quality nursing home care.

Researchers at the University of Central Florida explained that statistics show that nursing homes that serve predominantly black residents tend to struggle financially and provide lower quality care than those with no black residents.

"There is no simple fix," assistant professor Latarsha Chisholm of the University of Central Florida said. "It is a complex issue, but we need to address it because disparities are everyone's issue."

The study looked at financial and quality data for more than 11,500 nursing homes nationwide from 1999 to 2004. Blacks tend to reside in nearby community nursing homes with mostly black residents who are covered by Medicaid. This may create a challenge when it comes to the investment of medical equipment, staff and staff training.
Statistics show that blacks rely more on Medicaid than non-blacks and nursing homes receiving payment through this method can have more issues with finances, according to Chisholm. For more, read the story.

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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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