Denver, CO- Choosing a nursing home is complicated as anyone who has tried is well aware of. There are numerous aspects a person must consider such as how well the nursing home is staffed, what the facility’s health inspection ratings are and do they provide quality care to their residents. Deciphering this information can be time-consuming and difficult.
Every year, U.S. News and World Report, conducts a survey of nursing homes nationwide and throughout Colorado to help families or individuals make an informed decision about their loved one’s care. The results of the Best Nursing Homes of 2014 were released today and homes in Colorado received high rankings, which is promising for people looking for a nursing home in the state.
U.S. News uses three metrics to rate nursing homes in each state, which includes: health inspections, nursing staff and quality care. The news agency analyzes data obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Nursing homes only receive five-star ratings for nursing care if a facility provides at least four-hours of direct nursing care for each resident which includes at least 45 minutes or R.N. care. That can include care from registered nurses, nursing aides, and other nursing home staff.
The Healthcare metric is broad and covers a range of metrics from food safety, dispensation of medications, control of infectious diseases and the quality of care a patient receives. Nursing homes are regulated by federal and state agencies since they typically accept Medicaid and Medicare patients and those agencies carry out regular inspections.
Ratings for quality measures are given depending in the facilities performance with 19 different metrics which can included resident mobility, frequency of bedsores and pain.
Of the 90 nursing homes in the metropolitan Denver area, 34 of those homes earned five-star ratings from U.S. News. You can see the results here.
U.S. News reported that nursing homes with the top five-star rating reached 25 percent for the 2014 survey, an increase from 19 percent last year. California earned the most five-star ratings, followed by Florida, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.
“The rising number of five-star homes is encouraging,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor said in press release. “It speaks to care that is steadily becoming more skilled and compassionate.”
It’s promising that facilities in Colorado and the rest of the country are providing better care for nursing home residents. But it doesn’t change the fact that close to one in ten elderly people will be abused or neglected by the people who are supposed to care for them.
Even if you have chosen a nursing home with great ratings a few official complaints, there is, unfortunately, the possibility your loved one will face abuse or neglect. We don’t like to think about it, but the elderly face dangers every day in nursing homes. It takes just one unscrupulous employee to hurt your loved one or one overworked staff member to neglect their needs.
If you suspect your elderly loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home, you should contact a Denver nursing home abuse attorney immediately. They will help you and your loved get justice.