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Review Finds Nursing Home Care Weak

Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 7:26am

A federal agency has released a state health care quality review that finds California weak in nursing home care. The data show more than 8 percent of California’s long-term nursing home residents were physically restrained in 2008. More than a quarter of short-stay nursing home patients in the state had pressure sores. California ranked lowest of the states in these areas.

Bill Freeman of the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality says he hopes policymakers will use the information. “Nowadays it’s actually recommended not to have patients physically restrained, there are better ways to have patients controlled,” he said.

The California Department of Health Services says a restraint must have prior consent and a physician’s order. Pat McGinnis of the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform said she’s not surprised by the findings. “We literally get hundreds and hundreds of calls every single week of people, relatives and family members complaining about the quality of care that family members are receiving in California’s nursing homes,” she said.

The Department of Public Health said they could not review the report by airtime, but wrote they want to “protect the health and safety” of Californians.

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