Friday, June 20, 2014

An AARP Report On Nursing Homes Gave Texas Poor Marks

By Coleen Elkins

A 2010 AARP report on quality of nursing homes left Texas in nearly last place. Texas rates 49th of the 51 the District of Columbia was included in the nursing home quality of care report.

Twenty seven percent of the long-stay patients in Texas received anti-physchotic medications compared to the national average of 20.2 percent this is quite high. The number of nursing home workers that left their jobs in 2010 was 72 percent. That is nearly twice the national average of 38 percent.

Families that make the decision to place a loved one in a nursing expect a high level of care for their family member. It is very disheartening to learn that may not be the case. This report came to light just days before DADS (Department of Aging and Disability Services) is scheduled to appear before the state Sunset Advisory Committee.

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