Rochester, NY- In study from last fall, a Florida non-profit raked nursing home facilities in the state among the worst in the Northeast, giving the state an “F” for the quality of care residents receive.
New York was one among the only 11 states to receive a failing grade from Families for Better Care, a group that advocates for improved conditions in long term care facilities. The grades were issued after the group analyzed federal data in regards to deficiencies, staffing and ombudsman complaints.
“New York represents what’s terribly wrong with nursing home care and oversight in America,” said Brian Lee, executive director of Families for Better Care. “State officials and industry representatives should be ashamed of their abysmal nursing home record.”
One of the metrics in which New York facilities ranked the worst was direct care staffing. The group found facilities in the state provided 2.31 hours a day in direct care to its residents each day; for optimal care the group recommends at least 2.5 hours direct care.
Facilities in the state fared worse in the amount of professional nursing services, providing less than an hour of direct care for residents and earning the state a “F.”
Lack of staffing is considered one of the primary causes of nursing home abuse and neglect.
“Slipshod care has festered for decades in far too many of our state’s nursing homes, culminating in to thousands of painful or deadly blunders for elderly and disabled residents,” said Brian Lee, “It’s beyond time that states take a hard look at their nursing home care and figure out what’s working so residents receive safer, more affordable care.”
Another metric for which New York states ranked poorly was deficiencies, according to the report, 92.41 facilities in the state were stated for one or more deficiencies with state ombudsmen verifying 9 in 10 complaints.
However, the state fared better when it came to severe deficiencies, which are classified as events where a nursing home resident is imminent danger of physical harm or death. Only 13.92 percent of New York facilities were cited for severe deficiencies.
New York was the only facility on the eastern seaboard to earn and “F” grade.
The report was issued last September in order to bring to light how prevalent inadequate care is in long-term care facilities and open a national discussion about nursing home abuse and neglect.
Over the next two decades, the elderly population will increase dramatically so it is important facilities take steps to prevent elder abuse and neglect. If long-term care facilities and lawmakers fail to take heed of reports like this we could be facing a serious national epidemic, and like disease, it’s easier to treat than to cure.
When an elder is harmed or neglected at a facility they are not without recourse. Abused and neglected residents of long-term care facilities can retain a Rochester nursing home abuse attorney to file a civil suit on their behalf.