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Non-for Profit Nursing Homes have Better Quality of Care

Researches published a nursing home study in the British Medical Journal in which they examined 82 studies carried out in the US and Canada from 1965 to 2003 comparing quality between for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes. Studies showed significantly better quality in not-for-profit homes with only three showing the quality of care was better in for-profit homes. Quality was judged on overall and quality of staffing, incidents of pressure ulcers, use of restraints and inspection surveys. The analysis found that nursing home residents in the United States would receive 500,000 more hours of nursing care per day if all not-for-profit institutions provided all nursing care. All of the indicators can be traced back to good or poor staffing. In order to alleviate nursing home negligence, the industry needs to create a culture where these are not jobs but mission driven careers. To read more about the nursing home study, please click the link.

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