Nursing homes judged by tougher standards

Almost a third of the nations’ nursing home facilities have received much lower scores on the government’s Nursing Home Compare website, giving evidence that tougher standards for ratings have been implemented by nearly 12.5 million consumers to determine the quality of health care in more than 15,000 facilities all over the United States, KYTX reported on February 20.

The ratings, which were posted on the Friday afternoon, were indicative of changes in the way nursing homes’ performances are evaluated.

Among the new assessments included measures of facilities’ use of anti-psychotic drugs, which are particularly dangerous to elderly people suffering from dementia.

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