When you are looking for the right nursing home for your loved one, you need to look at more than just a star rating. Whether the grading system is measured on a scale of one to five, or a grade rank from A to F, it’s important to look at each individual home in person. Pay close attention to patient and family satisfaction ratings. Some Rhode Island nursing homes that have been given high ratings by licensing organizations have received one-star ratings from patients themselves. And who can rate a nursing home more accurately than someone who actually lives there?
Rhode Island Nursing Home Ratings
Even though Nursing Home Report Cards, a non-profit nursing home watch-dog agency, gave Rhode Island nursing homes an overall grade of “A,” it graded its nursing hours per resident with an “F.” One of the main reasons patients are in nursing homes is so they can receive adequate nursing care. So it is difficult to imagine how a state that is given an “F” in nursing hours per patient could be given an overall grade of “A.”
Perhaps the five-star ranking system used by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is more accurate. They rate nursing homes according to three criteria:
- State health inspection reports;
- Quality ratings on 11 different criteria; and
- Nursing staffing.
CMS gives Rhode Island nursing homes an overall rank of 3.5, noting that 46 percent of nursing homes in the state were rated with fewer than 3 stars.
Specific Problems Found in this State’s Nursing Homes
Rhode Island nursing homes are understaffed across the board, meaning that patient care is compromised and nurses are unable to spend sufficient time with their patients. Even Nursing Home Report Cards had to admit that, when it comes to staffing of nurses, Rhode Island nursing homes rank next to last when compared with all 50 states.
Who is in Charge of Regulating Nursing Homes in Rhode Island?
The Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Facilities Regulation, is charged with making certain all federal and state laws are followed in the licensing and inspection of Rhode Island nursing homes. It provides a list of each individual nursing home in the state along with its own star rating, in which it rates not just the quality of care and services but also the overall satisfaction of the patients and their families.
Every person needs to be vigilant. If deficiencies are noted, they need to be promptly reported so the problem can be taken care of and other residents do not suffer. It may require the services of a nursing home abuse attorney to get resolution.
Which Facilities Rank Worst?
Specific facilities currently rated worst in the state of Rhode Island that are on the government SFF watchlist include:
Brookdale – Smithfield
171 Pleasant View Ave
Smithfield, RI 02917