Senior Care: Profit or Non-Profit?

Here’s an excerpt (courtesy of Ken Pope) from an article in U.S.A. Today. In brief, the finding is that for-profit elder care facilities deliver inferior care. The article includes a tool that enables you to find the specific rating of a given nursing home.

An analysis of nearly 16,000 nursing homes reveals for-profit homes are more likely to provide inferior care than their non-profit rivals, according to a USA TODAY examination of the federal government’s first ratings of the homes’ performance.

The new Zagat-like rating system, released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, assigns homes one to five stars for quality, staffing and health inspections, plus an overall score.

The scores reflect tens of thousands of inspection records, complaint investigations and quality measures, such as how many nursing staff hours were provided each day to patients, how many patients developed bedsores and how many were placed in restraints. Much of the data were collected in 2008.

Acting Medicare Administrator Kerry Weems says offering the data in a simple five-star format should prompt “a national conversation about nursing home quality” and spur homes to improve.


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Clinical Psychologist practicing in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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