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Shocking Statistics

The following statistics were disclosed in aLadies’ Home Journal article from the June 2006 issue.
• From 2001 to 1005 nursing home safety and health violations rose 26.8%.
• Last year state health inspectors cited a full 91.7% of America’s 16,400 nursing homes for at least one deficiency.
• The country’s 85-and-over population is set to almost double by 2030.
• 65% of nursing home residents pay through Medicaid which only provides around half of the annual cost of care • A private room in a nursing home costs on average, $70,912 a year.
• To reach optimal staffing levels, nursing homes would have to hire between 77,000 and 137,000 additional registered nurses.
• To reach optimal staffing levels, nursing homes would have to hire between 22,000 and 27,000 more licensed practical nurses.
• To reach optimal staffing levels, nursing homes would have to hire between 181,000 and 310,000 more nurse’s aides.
• Doctors in nursing homes are required by law only to see each patient once every 30 days for the first 90 days of admission and once every 60 days thereafter.
• The average home currently employs one aide per 12 patients and the optimal level of staffing is one aid per 5 patients.
• More than 9 out of 10 nursing homes are understaffed.
• Aides working in these homes often make approximately $8/hour.
• The average annual turnover rate for nurse’s aides in nursing homes is 71%.
• Federal law requires that aides only complete 75 hours of training for certification, making it likely that your manicurist had received the same hours of training as the nurse tending your mother.