Study: Texas Is America’s Worst State for Nursing Home Care

Texas was the only state to score failing grades in six of eight statistical categories studied by Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group, for its first annual Nursing Home Report Cards study.

The report, released earlier this month, found that fewer than 15 percent of Texas nursing homes staffed at above-average professional nursing levels, while almost 70 percent hired at or below the minimum number of caregivers required to meet residents’ needs. When compared to every other state, Texas has the lowest percentage of nursing homes with above average direct care staff ratings.

“Texas epitomizes what’s dreadfully wrong with nursing home care and oversight in America,” Brian Lee, the group’s executive director, said in a statement. “State officials and industry representatives should be ashamed of their abysmal nursing home record.”

3 comments on “Study: Texas Is America’s Worst State for Nursing Home Care

  1. More Texans are facing the realities of long term care and while senior housing companies are trying to keep up with the Silver Wave, construction of facilities still lags behind the the influx of nursing home and assisted living facility residents.

    Long term care insurance provides a safety net to help protect your assets and may help you avoid being forced into one of these poorly ranked nursing homes. With certain policies, you can receive care in the comfort of your own home instead, and some providers will even pay for home modifications and homemaker services, too.

    We provide Texans with information to help them navigate their long term care options. View the most common benefit amounts in your city at http://ltctexas.org/ and stay up to date with the latest long term care news in Texas.

    Rachel M
    LTC Texas

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  2. That’s just great! Mississippi finally beat us at something. We Texans should all be proud of ourselves for allowing our elected officials to abdicate their responsibility for caring for the weakest and most vulnerable in deference to the corporate dollar.
    Most elderly can not afford long term care insurance, Rachel; they are past that time in their lives. And most of us can not afford it because the mortgage crisis and unemployment robbed us of our retirement.
    But the elderly and infirm DO need safe, secure havens run by compassionate companies. At least we have some nursing homes doing the right thing .. unlike most of the politicians in this state.

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  3. This is an example of what happens when you put artificial caps on malpractice damages. These facilities negligently kill people daily and the absolute maximum they face in a civil suit is a $250,000 slap on the wrist. Is your grandmother, father, spouse’s life really only worth $250,000 if they are allowed to sit in their filth, develop infected bedsores and die a horrible death? Until Texans wake up and realize that “Tort Reform” was an insurance industry driven plan that ONLY benefits insurance companies, Texans can expect to get more of this awesome healthcare.

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