California earned a D grade from a national nonprofit advocacy group for the condition of its nursing home facilities. For a growing number of elderly residents and their families, substandard nursing care is becoming a serious concern.
Families for Better Care is a Florida-based group working to improve conditions for nursing home residents across the United States. Using benchmarks of nursing care established by the federal government, the group graded and ranked each state in the country. California ranked 28 in nursing care, with the following comments:
- Nine out of 10 nursing homes in California report a deficiency, a problem described as rampant.
- Only about 10 percent of facilities had severe deficiencies.
- On average, California nursing home residents receive only about 43 minutes of direct care per day.
Statistics from the California attorney general parallel the difficulties faced by Californians in caring for themselves and family members in the future:
- The number of California residents 85 years of age and older is going to double by 2025.
- A study found California nursing home residents are placed in restraints at a rate of twice the national average.
- Approximately 18 percent of substantiated nursing home deficiencies relate to mistreatment or elder abuse.
For nursing facilities across the country, Families for Better Care found higher staffing levels correlated with higher quality of care and satisfaction of residents.
At present, nursing home care in California is below average. The number of vulnerable elderly residents requiring good care is rising.
When considering care for yourself or an older loved one, get help and advice making important residential decisions. If you suspect a loved one is suffering neglect or abuse, do not hesitate to contact experienced legal counsel in Southern California.