OKLAHOMA – A recent report by an advocacy group called “Families For Better Care” gave Oklahoma nursing homes a failing grade.
In the report, Oklahoma scored an F.
The author of the report went as far as to say that nursing home residents are living “in dangerous conditions.”
The author followed that statement by saying “State with failing or below average grade must take immediate and decisive action to keep their elderly safe…”
Oklahoma ranked 49 out of 51 states and the District of Columbia in providing safe, quality nursing home care and security.
Key findings Families For Better Care found were:
- More professional nursing staff are needed—Only three states provided more than two hours of professional nursing care per resident per day.
- An abundant lack of staffing—92 percent of states offered residents fewer than three hours of direct resident care per day.
- Frequent violations—Nearly two-thirds of all states with 90 percent or more of their nursing homes were cited a deficiency for violating federal or state laws.
- Widespread abuse and neglect continues—One in five nursing homes abused, neglected or mistreated residents in almost half of all states.
Oklahoma State Representative Richard Morrissette released the following statement regarding Oklahoma’s ranking:
“We aren’t getting better, we are sinking like a rock! said Oklahoma state Representative Richard Morrissette, District 92 (D-OKC). I am outraged, appalled, disgusted and amazed at our state for allowing such inhumane treatment of our beloved seniors and the disabled.”
To read more about the report, click here.