This curated news feed of stories related to nursing home and long-term care around the country includes articles and reports from media outlets and press releases from Families for Better Care.

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Concerns Raised About New Owners of Wanaque Nursing Home Where 11 Children Died

Lindy Washburn - Jul 2, 2019

A Democratic state senator is urging New Jersey to prevent new owners from taking over the Wanaque nursing home where 11 children died last fall.   Former Gov. Richard Codey, a Montclair Democrat, expressed his “deep concerns” about the sale in a letter to the state health commissioner, asking for a “full investigation” before the license of the...

Nursing Home Staffing Levels Often Fall Below CMS Expectations

Alex Kacik - Jul 1, 2019

Nursing home staffing levels are often lower than what facilities report, which could compromise care quality, new research shows. Self-reported direct staffing time per resident was higher than the CMS' payroll-based metrics 70% of the time, according to a new study published in Health Affairs. Staffing levels were significantly lower during the weekends, particularly for registered...

State’s Failing Grade for Nursing Home Care is Unconscionable

The Times Editorial Board - Jun 16, 2019

It is, or at least should be, among the highest priorities we as a society can have. But sadly, when it comes to taking care of our most elderly citizens, we continue to fall woefully short of the mark. In a report released last week, Families for Better Care, a national senior citizens advocacy group, gave Pennsylvania nursing homes a failing grade, ranking the state an unacceptable...

Report on Pennsylvania Nursing Homes Raises Concerns about Staffing, Funding

Priscilla Liguori - Jun 13, 2019

The national advocacy group Families for Better Care gave Pennsylvania's nursing homes an F, but not everyone agrees with the state's grade. Families for Better Care says 95% of Pennsylvania's nursing homes were cited for deficiencies. The state's facilities were ranked 46th nationally, sinking 14 spots since the last report in 2014. The nonprofit says residents struggle to get...

Nursing Home Care Declines in Florida

Treasure Coast Newspapers Editorial Board - Jun 13, 2019

Florida earned a "B" in quality of nursing home care in the report card released by Families for Better Care Inc. The Texas-based non-profit citizen advocacy group for nursing home residents, which ranks each state, dropped Florida from "A" in its previous report card, and from sixth to 13th nationwide.  Here are several of the key findings: "Inspectors issued...
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