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Iowa’s nursing homes riddled with problems

It was a bad year for the state of Iowa and its nursing home residents, as long-term patients suffered from a drop in quality of care and services that saw state facilities drop to one of the country’s worst rankings.

Families for Better Care rankings were released recently, and Iowa fell five spots from 2013. Iowa’s facilities are now collectively ranked 46th best in the country, or 5th worst.

According to Families for Better Care, “dangerous conditions became more prevalent in Iowa’s nursing homes as severe deficiencies swelled 7 percent over the last year,” and “Iowa’s nursing home residents continued to have a difficult time getting much needed help from caregivers.”

The report said residents received less than two hours and 25 minutes of direct care per day, and that nine of 10 state nursing homes were cited for one or more infractions.

“Iowa’s nursing homes remain riddled with problems as the ombudsman program investigated and verified an overwhelming percentage of registered complaints,” the report read.

Iowa ranked last in the central region in direct staffing hours and percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies, according to the report.

Click here to read the full story in the Des Moines Register.

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