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One-Star Nursing Homes Still Abundant

By March 28, 2012 No Comments

New analysis from USA Today reveals that while nursing homes across the nation are being rated better by the government, there are still hundreds of homes that have not improved at all since the star ratings were implemented in late 2008.

The article specifically mentioned more than 560 homes that have maintained a one-star rating—the lowest on a five-star scale—meaning they have not taken the proper steps to improve, despite being diagnosed as the worst in America nearly four years ago.

The article mentioned two Minnesota homes as being very subpar: Mission Nursing Home in Plymouth, and Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls.

An interesting note: The article said that almost two-thirds of the underachieving facilities are “for-profit nursing homes.” The nation’s largest chain, HCR ManorCare, had “22 of its 277 nursing homes with consistent one-star ratings since 2008,” while none of its nearly 300 homes was a consistent five-star performer.

While heightened awareness of low nursing home standards has helped the cause mightily in recent years, it is still very important to make sure that your loved ones are being placed in healthy environments.

Take action if a care facility has caused injury to your loved one due to its negligence.  For a free initial consultation, contact the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm online or toll free at (877) 552-2873 today.

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