The silver state may rate high for gambling and nightlife, however, a recent report shows that Nevada nursing homes receive a failing grade in almost every aspect they were rated on.
The Families for Better Care is a non-profit citizen advocacy group focused on creating awareness and developing solutions to problems that seem to continually plague the nursing home industry.
This month they released their first ever, state-by-state nursing home report card and Nevada failed miserably.
Every single nursing home, according to the report, received a deficiency and less than 25% of nursing homes received an above-average rating.
The report stated,
There is a profundity of abuse and neglect sweeping through Nevada nursing homes as regulators cited more than 1 in 3 facilities with a severe deficiency.
Nevada is the worst nursing home state in the Pacific Region, scoring the region’s worst grades in 5 of 8 measures.
Terrible news for a state that attracts a large amount of retirees as well as snowbirds.
Is the news really a surprise?
Nevada has been plagued for years with issues in the medical industry.
Abuse of the elderly and diabled is a worldwide problem, however it seems that Nevada has many issues with medical care in general.
From the Nevada female inmate who was forced to deliver a baby while in shackles to allegations of horrific abuse at the Desert Regional Medical Center, to allegations that mentally ill people at Rawson Neal Psychiatric Hospital were put on a bus and shipped out of the state, Nevada has it’s share of problems in caring for old and ill people.
Even the group homes are not immune. In fact, they may even be worse since they are ususally filled with residents that have little financial resources. A double murder at the Washington Senior Guest Home in Las Vegas, for example, focused attention on the home. State reports clearly detailed the violations at the home, including medication not being properly dispensed to residents.
Sadly, the overall grade that Nevada nursing homes received was a big, fat F, with an overall ranking of 43.
For a state that has so much cash flowing through it’s hands due to the gaming industry, many would think that the state of Nevada would be able to provide excellent care for it’s residents and visitors,
Sadly, this is not the case.
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