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Only 15 percent of US nursing homes receive good rating

Residents in Illinois who have elderly relatives that require nursing home care have good reason to worry about their safety and well being. There are too many reports about residents in these facilities where they should be protected and cared for instead being neglected or abused in some way. When the time comes to look for a place to receive good care for a loved one, some people may not know where to turn.

U.S. News and World Report has put together a tool to help people across the United States identify options for good nursing home care. They have also recently published a list of what they refer to as Best Nursing Homes across the country. This designation was only given to a mere 15 percent of all facilities nationwide. The report is based upon data that included a review of nursing home staff, safety, health inspections and overall levels of care provided to residents.

During the process, more than 15,000 facilities were reviewed and fewer than 2,300 were identified as Best Nursing Homes. Arkansas, Hawaii and the District of Columbia had the highest number of these ratings per the total number of facilities in their regions. Florida, Ohio and California had the most number of facilities in this rating overall.

Illinois residents who have concerns about the care their family members are receiving in a nursing home may find talking to an attorney a positive way of learning how they can get help.

Source: U.S. News and World Report, "U.S. News Names Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18," October 31, 2017



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