Uneven Level of Quality in Nursing Homes

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Dec 14, 2009 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights

A statistical analysis by The Scripps Howard News Service of the federal governments ratings of nearly 16,000 nursing homes reveals an uneven level of quality across the nation and shows how complicated it is to find a good nursing home.

The analysis shows that:

  • Institutions run by for-profit corporations generally get lower scores than those run by nonprofit
  • Homes with more nursing staff per patient, which also tend to be run by nonprofits, generally do better in ratings
  • Homes with more than 100 beds tend to get lower scores in all categories
  • Ratings are lowest in Southern states and highest for homes in the Northeast
  • Slightly more than 20 percent of nursing homes nationwide have been regularly given the lowest ratings, and 12 to 13 percent have received the top rating

Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C. is a Wisconsin law firm with a devoted nursing home abusepractice. Our Nursing Home Abuse Team, consisting of attorneys, nurse attorneys and paralegals, is the largest in the state and has successfully represented abused and neglected nursing home residents throughout Wisconsin.

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