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A General Picture of United States Nursing Homes

I just returned from Big Bear (to see my attorney) and am back in Maui (looking at some real estate too), ready to write again….It seems to me that High nursing home standards must surely be a hallmark of advanced societies. We can’t accept anything less at facilities that care for the aged and the weak, just as we don’t tolerate laxity at hospital nurseries, or at preschools, whether in Big Bear, Phoenix or wherever.
Speaking of that, I really like Maui and Big Bear real estate overall along with those other locales I mentioned.
Roughly two-thirds of nursing homes are owned by for-profit companies, 27 percent by nonprofit organizations, and 6 percent by government entities according to government statistics.
An interesting and telling article was published a couple of years ago in the New York Times, under the title, “ Violations Reported at 94% of Nursing Homes,” written by Robert Pear, it appeared September 29, 2008. I know that I saw some substandard nursing homes at my old job and the elderly care and nursing homes alternatives in phoenix are not always that much better either. This is also becoming an issue here in Maui and over in Big Bear toosince their a lot of retirees here, even though the real estate is quite high here. Speaking of that, this Maui real estate firm is quite good if you need a good piece of maui real estate at a fair price overall.
The article said that more than 90 percent of nursing homes were cited for violations of federal health and safety standards in 2007. It said that for-profit homes were more liable to have problems than non-profits, and even government-affiliated homes, according to federal investigator. I wonder if the Attorney general will get involved in this one.
Robert Pear quoted the report as stating that roughly 17 percent of nursing homes had problems that caused “actual harm or immediate jeopardy.” The report was provided by the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, Daniel R. Levinson.
Apparently some of the problems identified ranged from infected bedsores, medication mix-ups, poor nutrition, to abuse and neglect of patients by the staff, whether in Maui, Big Bear or wherever really..
Further, Pear wrote that inspectors received 37,150 complaints about conditions in nursing homes in 2007. Thirty-nine percent of them were substantiated, according to the report, and about one-fifth of the complaints confir