Non-Profit Nursing Homes vs. For-Profit Nursing Homes

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Aug 11, 2009 in FAQs

After analyzing the results of 82 studies from 1965-2003, Canadian Researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, say that non-profit nursing home provide better care than their for-profit counterparts.

While three studies found that for-profit nursing homes provided significantly better care, forty studies found that non-profit nursing home administered better care. The remaining 39 studies had mixed results.

Additional analysis revealed that non-profit nursing homes did better in four quality measures:

  1. More or higher quality staffing
  2. Lower rates of pressure ulcers a.k.a. pressure sores or bed sores
  3. Less use of physical restraints
  4. Fewer deficiencies cited by regulatory agencies

The researchers calculated that the United States would receive 500,000 more hours of nursing care per day if all homes were non-profit. In addition, the researchers also calculated that 7,000 of 80,000 pressure ulcer cases in the U.S. were directly linked to for-profit ownership of nursing homes.

Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C. is a Wisconsin law firm with a devoted nursing home abuse practice. Our nursing home abuse and neglect trial team is the largest in the state and has successfully represented abused and neglected nursing home residents throughout Wisconsin.

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