For the past two years Families for Better Care has ranked Texas nursing homes as the worst in the nation. According to a recent report released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 51 percent of the homes in Texas have a rating of 1 or 2 out of 5 stars. The national average of low ranked nursing homes across the nation is 35 percent.
If you do not live for a metropolitan area the options for nursing homes are scarce. There are about 1,200 nursing homes and 98,000 nursing home residents, yet Texas has the fewest amount of 4 or 5 star nursing homes in the nation. In a recent article the Texas Tribune outlines the struggle that many Texans face trying to find a nursing home.
According to a recent report released by Families for Better Care up to 95% of nursing homes in Texas have been cited for a violation to either state or federal laws. On average a Texas nursing home resident will only receive 2 hours and 15 minutes of direct care a day, which is the lowest amount in the nation. For many in the state the only option is a lowated nursing home if they want to keep their loved ones close.
When looking for a nursing home or care facility it is important to use multiple resources. There is not one tool that provides completely accurate or comprehensive information. Go online to read reviews, speak with friends or family that may have recommendations, and perhaps most importantly go visit the nursing home in person. Below are some of the tools available to find the best nursing home for your loved one:
- The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADs) provides a database of nursing homes in the state
- Nursing Home Compare is the official government site for finding a nursing home. They have also recently updated their rating system.
Nursing home abuse or neglect is devastating and entirely preventable. If you or someone you love has been hurt as a result of inadequate care, we can help. Contact the experienced attorney as Powers Taylor today for your free consultation. All calls are kept confidential.
 According to a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.