Our Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys paid close attention to the release of a new report this week by AARP’s Public Policy Institute, The Commonwealth Fund, and the SCAN Foundation on state performance in providing long-term care services. The results indicate that certain parts of the country dramatically outperform others when it comes to providing quality services void of nursing home neglect or abuse. Unfortunately, even those states which performed the best on the quality of care measures identified in the survey have a long way to go before offering the highest-quality services.
The report examined four different areas of long-term services and support offered to adults, those with physical disabilities, and family caregivers. Those include: affordability and access, choice of setting and provider, quality of life and quality of care, and support for caregivers. Each state’s nursing home performance was measured on these variables as a whole and also on twenty five individual indicators.
The study’s authors explain that the research is intended to help the millions of older adults and the disabled who do not have the information they need to determine the best way to access high quality services. It is also helpful to local policymakers who are figuring out how to make logical choices to improve and encourage positive treatment in all aspects of long-term care.
The authors indicate that the data was clear in explaining how every state has a lot of improving to do before caregiving reaches a high level across the board. For example, if all states worked at the level of the highest performing states regarding unnecessary nursing home admissions then over 200,000 more individuals who were capable would be able to live on their own. Similarly, if unnecessary hospitalizations in all states were the same as that of the best states currently, then over 120,000 residents would be spared the trouble of hospitalization and over $1.3 billion would be saved. As it currently stands, nearly 30% of residents in the worst performing facilities are forced to receive costly hospitalizations whereas the rate at the best performing hospitals is only 10 percent. Clearly much work can be done to ensure that nursing home residents remain as healthy as possible without the need to be sent to the hospital after problems are allowed to fester.
One sad piece of data included in the report of relevance to local community members is the poor rate at which many local facilities prevent the development of Illinois pressure ulcers. Blog readers are likely well aware of these ulcers-frequently referred to as bed sores-which develop on bony prominences of immobile residents. According to data in the report, Illinois ranks in the bottom five states in the entire country when it comes to ensuring that residents do not develop these painful and often deadly sores.
The Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers at our firm have worked with hundreds of families in the area whose loved ones have developed pressure sores. There is usually no excuse for the development of these ulcers. Please get in touch with our office if you know of a local senior who has suffered after developing one of these preventable sores.
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