Nursing Homes Standards Have Improved

February 21, 2015 11:25 AM

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After the new ratings posted on Friday on the government’s Nursing Home Compare website, almost one-in-three nursing homes around the country have received lower scores on the official five-star quality scale. More than 15,000 care facilities were assessed after the tougher standards.

The new ratings represent the sweeping changes made in the way care facilities are being evaluated. One of the important difference was made in the way anti-psychotic drugs are used, due to the serious risks it poses for older adults, especially for those who struggle with dementia. The new standard...

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