Florida earned a "B" in quality of nursing home care in the report card released by Families for Better Care Inc. The Texas-based non-profit citizen advocacy group for nursing home residents, which ranks each state, dropped Florida from "A" in its previous report card, and from sixth to 13th nationwide.
Here are several of the key findings:
- "Inspectors issued one or more deficiencies to nearly every Florida nursing home."
- "Fewer Florida nursing homes are scoring above average inspections than ever before."
- "Nearly in 1 in 5 Florida nursing homes is on the state’s watch list for dangerous nursing home conditions."
But it wasn't all bad news.
"Florida ranks among the best states in three critical nursing home quality indicators: direct staffing hours (No. 7), the percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies (No. 8), and the percentage of verified ombudsman complaints (No. 1)," the report found.