Study Reveals Lower Quality of Care at Nation's Largest For-Profit Nursing Homes

According to a new study by the University of California- San Francisco (UCSF), the nation’s largest for-profit nursing homes deliver significantly lower quality of care than non-profit and government-owned nursing homes. The study is the first to focus solely on staffing and quality at the 10 largest for-profit nursing home chains.

Researchers found that the most serious problems occur in the largest for-profit chains.  One author of the study, Charlene Harrington, RN, PhD, said, “the top 10 chains have a strategy of keeping labor costs low to increase profits They are not making quality a priority.”

The UCSF researchers compared staffing levels and deficiencies at for-profit chains to those at homes run by five non-profit and government groups. The study found that for-profit homes strive to keep their costs down by reducing staffing, particularly RN staffing.

For the five year period of the survey, these chains had fewer nurse hours than non-profit and government nursing homes. These top chains were also well below the national average for RN and total nurse staffing, and below the minimum nurse staffing recommended by experts. They were also cited for 41 percent more serious deficiencies (bed sores, falls, mistreatment, poor sanitary conditions, etc.) than the best facilities. 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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