How reliable are the ratings given nursing homes under the five-star rating system that the federal government recently insti...Read more
Consumer Reports Finds Non-Profit Nursing Homes Provide Better Care
- August 10th, 2006
A new survey of nursing homes by Consumer Reports finds that poor care is still common, but that not-for-profit nursing homes tend to provide better care than for-profit facilities. Additionally, independently run nursing homes provide better care than nursing homes run by corporations.
With a grant from the Commonwealth Fund, Consumer Reports analyzed state inspection reports for some 16,000 nursing homes across the United States. It also looked at staffing levels and quality indicators, such as the number of residents with bed sores. Consumer Reports used the data to list the facilities in each state that rank in the best or worst 10 percent according to their quality indicators.
Now in its fifth year, the survey found that nursing home conditions have not improved significantly. Consumer Reports offered several recommendations for finding good care, including the following:
- Get a list of local nursing homes and the name of the local ombudsman who investigates nursing homes from your local agency on aging. Check with the local ombudsman.
- Check the ownership. As the survey found, not-for-profit and independently owned nursing homes tended to have better care.
- Visit the homes repeatedly, including a surprise visit. If you visit between 9:30 and 10:00 am and find that residents are still in bed, it may be a sign that there is not enough staff to get residents out of bed. Similarly, it is not a good sign if you visit in the evening and three-quarters of the residents are eating in their rooms.
- Don't rely on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Nursing Home Compare site Web site. According to Consumer Reports, the information on the site is incomplete and possibly misleading.
For the full Consumer Reports' nursing home guide, click here.
For more advice on choosing a nursing home, click here.
Local Elder Law Attorneys in Ashburn, VA
Margaret A. O'Reilly, PC
Margaret A. O’Reilly is an estate planning and elder law attorney with over thirty-five years of legal experience. Attorney O’Reilly graduated from Duke University with a degree in psychology, and received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. For over 15 y...
Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy PLC
Attorney Samantha Simmons Fredieu is an associate at Hale Ball. Ms. Fredieu graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School where she was the symposium editor on the Vermont Law Review, a production editor on the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, and a member of the Moot Court Advisory Board. She has clerked for...
Needham Mitnick & Pollack, PLC
Susan Pollack served as Chairperson of the Falls Church Senior Citizens Commission from 1997 to 2011 and was on the Executive Board of the Falls Church Education Foundation. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association of the National Capital Area and is a member of the Arlington B...