Consumer magazine issues critical nursing home report card

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Not-for-profit nursing homes earned better marks for quality and care than for-profit ones, according to Consumer Reports magazine. But the industry overall received mediocre ratings.

The magazine's annual Nursing Home Quality Monitor report (formerly the Nursing Home Watch List) found that not-for-profit homes generally provide better care than for-profit homes. The report also said that independently run facilities seem to provide better care than those owned by chains.

Although the magazine noted the bottom and top 10% of the field, it generally looked down on nursing homes overall. Noting that it is the fifth such report since 2000, the magazine said there is "little evidence that the quality of care has improved since then." The article pointed out that 186 of the homes cited for poor care also have appeared on earlier watch lists of poor-quality homes. The findings were based on an evaluation of recent state inspection reports for the nation's more than 16,000 nursing homes, the magazine said.

For more information, go to http://www.consumerreports.org/nursinghomes.