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Nursing homes in Texas can't seem to get it right, complained a Florida advocacy group. Texas was ranked last for the second year in a row according to Families for Better Care, receiving an walloping "F" across six out of eight categories of measurement.
According to the group's report card, staff-to-resident ratio decreased overall in Texas over the past year, resulting in less than 20 percent of the state's nursing homes scoring above average inspection ratings. Nearly 95 percent of facilities were cited for some violation of federal or state laws.
Texas' best category was a "C" in the number of facilities with "severe deficiencies," which means that only about 17 percent of nursing homes are major failures. Which is something?
"Nursing home owners and state officials can't seem to get nursing home care right in the Lone Star state," said Brian Lee, executive director of Families for Better Care. "Failing to improve the state's already dreadful nursing home record is absolutely shameful."
The group went on to scold local nursing homes for providing residents only two hours of direct care a day on average, but Texas' firm handle on last place seems to suggest there's no urgency to improve conditions in the state. If you love your elders, send them to Rhode Island, which Families for Better Care ranked first in the nation.