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Iowa nursing homes need more attention from regulators

Large turnover rates are detrimental for nursing home residents, as more experienced staff can offer more familiar care and expertise on patient health history.

Iowa media outlets are asking questions about the efficiency of state-wide nursing homes after it was found that facilities lose 41 percent of their staff, and 47 percent of nurses, each year, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

The state of Iowa is doing little research as to the reasons behind the high attrition rates. A growing sense of distrust was reaffirmed by a New York Times investigation that found flaws in Medicare’s nursing home ratings, and also by inconsistency displayed by state lauding.

On that front, it was discovered that a nursing home in Waverly, Iowa, received a Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities just weeks after being cited for infractions such as failing to follow proper meal plans, according to the Des Moines Register.

The Governor’s Award is awarded to the top facilities in the state. The nursing home in Waverly was also cited for harboring unsanitary conditions, according to the Des Moines Register.

The Register suggested that the people of Iowa would benefit from governmental analysis of available data to improve rules and regulations, as well as nursing home conditions.

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