Washington D.C. Surges To No. 8 On 2019 Nursing Home Report Card

Jun 6, 2019

Washington D.C. continued its streak of nursing home ranking success for the third consecutive report card, surging to No. 8 overall, reports Families for Better Care, a national nursing home resident advocacy group based in Austin. The group published its third state-by-state nursing home report card by analyzing eight federal measures to gauge nursing home quality.

Erasing all failing grades and achieving above average scores in 5 of 8 statistical categories buoyed Washington D.C.’s nursing home ranking.

“The Beltway should be proud of its continued nursing home success, especially in regard to staffing quality,” said Brian Lee, Families for Better Care’s executive director.

According to the report card, Washington D.C. was only 1 of 3 states to score superior grades in every staffing measure—a laudable achievement. Improved staffing levels translated to safer resident care as the percentage of nursing homes cited a severe deficiency declined for the third straight report card.

Despite Washington D.C.’s strong showing, the report also exposed a glaring blemish.

“Almost 95 percent of Washington D.C.’s facilities were cited for violating nursing home laws, that’s an inordinately high percentage of homes,” Lee said. “If the District of Columbia continues its staffing excellence, deficiencies will eventually decline and improve inspection scores.”

Washington D.C.’s 2019 Nursing Home Report Card is available for download at http://www.nursinghomereportcards.com.


Families for Better Care, Inc. is a non-profit citizen advocacy group dedicated to creating public awareness of the conditions in our nation’s nursing homes and developing solutions for improving quality of life and care. For more information, visit http://familiesforbettercare.com.

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