AARP ranks Oklahoma low in quality of care, other key categories

Several important indicators gauging the quality of care in Oklahoma’s nursing homes rank near or at the bottom in the U.S., according to a recent report released by the AARP Public Policy Institute, according to Tulsa World.

The report may serve as an alarm bell for policymakers to address a burgeoning issue, given it indicates the state’s number of residents at least 85 years old is expected to grow to 95,000 by 2030. That would be a 38 percent increase from 69,000 in 2015 of a population that may need nursing home care in a poorly rated system.

“As the report indicates, our nursing home industry is failing to provide basic levels of care,” Joe Ann Vermillion, AARP Oklahoma state president, said in a statement. “Without immediate reforms, our state’s most frail and vulnerable will continue to fall victim to this crisis.

According to the AARP report, Oklahoma ranks:

  • Lowest in the hours of care provided by registered nurses per resident per day;
  • Highest in the use of antipsychotic medications in long-stay patients without a psychiatric diagnosis;
  • Highest in the use of antipsychotic medications in long-stay patients;
  • Second in rate of high-risk residents with pressure sores, which can lead to dangerous infections;
  • Fourth in the percentage of long-stay residents with a hospital admission;
  • Second in percentage of nursing facility residents with low-care needs — patients that could be better served with alternative and less costly services.

Read the full story at Tulsa World.

Topics: Leadership , Rehabilitation , Uncategorized