State Once Again Singled Out for Failings
DALLAS (May 19, 2015) – Once again, Texas has been ranked as the worst state in the U.S. in terms of nursing home care quality, the national law firm of Baron & Budd reports. On May 14, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released its findings on nursing home care. Texas had the highest percentage of nursing homes receiving only 1- or 2-star ratings in the nation.
Only 12 percent of Texas nursing homes earned a 5-star rating (compared to a national average of 19 percent), while 28 percent of facilities received a 1-star rating (compared to a national average of 16 percent). In addition, the Kaiser Foundation reported that 35 percent of nursing homes in Texas received 1-star ratings in terms of staffing. This was the highest percentage in the country. Nursing homes receiving a 1-star rating in this category offer less than three hours of nursing staff time per resident per day, and less than 16 minutes of registered nurse (RN) time.
This is not the first time that Texas has been singled out as the worst state in the nation for nursing home care. In both 2013 and 2014, Families for Better Care (FBC), a Florida-based advocacy organization working on behalf of nursing home residents, ranked Texas last in the quality of its facilities.
FBC analyzed eight categories as part of its annual nursing home report card. Texas did not receive an above-average grade in any category, and failed in six of eight categories. Eight out of 10 nursing homes in Texas failed to receive an “above average” health inspection rating, and 95 percent of nursing homes were cited for violations of either state or federal law.
Cases of emotional and physical abuse, as well as medical neglect, are abundant in not only Texas but other states as well. In far too many instances, elderly residents of nursing homes undergo severe distress through intimidation, humiliation, hitting, biting, shoving and much more.
“The fact that Texas ranks last in care is completely unacceptable,” said Cary McDougal, shareholder of the national law firm of Baron & Budd. “It is a source of great embarrassment that must be rectified immediately.”
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