SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Making the decision to put your loved one in a nursing home can be difficult, but the Nursing Home Report Card tackled the issue head-on.
Non-profit group Families for Better Care gave letter grades to each state based on a few main pieces of criteria, including staffing hours, nursing hours, health inspections, and facilities with deficiencies, or harmful violations that resulted in injury, abuse, neglect, or death.
Of all 50 states, Massachusetts ranks #19 and earned a “B”, but what does that really mean for you?
“You look at general reviews like that and you take that as you shop around to different nursing homes or health care facilities, but we’re blessed in the area. You hate to say that it’s just like shopping for any product,” said Jeffrey Ciuffreda, President of Springfield’s Affiliated Chambers of Commerce.
Ciuffreda deals with various industries throughout Springfield, including health care. He also points out that this study is one of few he’s come across that is objective. He’s also noticing a shift on how families are choosing to care for aging members.
“Nursing homes are really in the forefront. The other thing with healthcare now is, we’re really trying to get people to get home care more. It’s a lower cost, especially on the state. We do a lot with the state budget on Medicaid, the Medicaid money goes into nursing homes,” noted Ciuffreda.
With finances playing a major factor in those types of decisions, Ciuffreda says as with anything else you plan to invest in, do additional research.
Regionally, Rhode Island and New Hampshire got an “A” on the report card.
Connecticut got a “D” while New York received an “F”.
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