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New Report Ranks Louisiana Nursing Homes as Among Worst In U.S.

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Nursing homes in Louisiana rank among the lowest in the U.S. The report outlines high rates of bed sores and the use of restraints among the over 25,000 elderly and disabled people who live in them, the state legislative auditor reported Monday (6/9).

The report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor points out that Louisiana has the lowest overall nursing staff compared to every other state in the country.

“This report reveals what we’ve known for some time. Louisiana spends billions of dollars on low-quality nursing home care, rather than on affordable supports and services people most need to successfully live at home,” said Nancy McPherson, Louisiana state director for AARP, a seniors advocacy group.

Eighty-nine percent of Louisiana residents, according to AARP surveys, want to live in their own homes or communities as they age.

[via The Advocate]

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