McKnight's September 29, 2023
Long-term care, including access to quality skilled nursing, is “painfully inadequate” with major gaps in every state, finds an updated scorecard issued Thursday by AARP.
In its state-by-state review, AARP specifically called out nursing homes for their ongoing workforce crisis, turnover rates, allegedly inequitable care for minorities and the ongoing prevalence of pressure injuries. In addition, AARP leaders said states are giving less-than-adequate attention to natural disasters and the importance of nursing home emergency preparedness.
Minnesota and Washington were the top-ranked states, with relatively strong support for family caregivers and a wide range of healthcare providers and long-term care settings. All of the lowest performing states were in the Southeast, with Alabama and West Virginia at the bottom.