Report on nursing homes cites a “culture of chronic deficiencies”

A recent report on nursing homes by the Long Term and Community Care Coalition (LTCCC) focuses on ‘chronic deficiencies’ (their term) defined as three or more citations for violations of the same regulatory standard in a three year-period. The report surveys more than 6,000 nursing homes across the U.S.

A total of 367 facilities were here in Illinois and of those only 30 received a 5 star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Are all nursing homes suspect? No, of course not. Most nursing home operators I know strive to maintain quality facilities and living experiences for their clients.

But nonetheless, it does show the importance of family involvement in not only the choice of a nursing home but also ensuring a high standard of care for their loved ones after they make it their home.

This bothers me as I don’t want my clients subject to substandard care in the final stages of their lives. After all the work we do with our clients to prepare them for retirement and beyond, living in a poor nursing facility is simply not acceptable.

We can help families understand what is needed and help them advocate to make sure their loved ones maintain the highest level of dignity.

Here’s hoping the CMS starts to hold nursing homes to tougher standards to ensure a consistency of care across all such facilities.

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