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.”