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.
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