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Nursing homes get low marks for care: Gallup

A recent Gallup survey found a plurality of Americans rate the quality of care in U.S. nursing homes as “poor.”

The data, from a Gallup Panel survey, found 36 percent of Americans give the country’s nursing homes’ quality of care a grade of “D” or “poor.” Thirty-three percent of the respondents gave nursing homes a grade of “C” or “satisfactory,” while only 1 percent gave a grade of “A” or “excellent.”

Other findings in the survey include a majority of Americans — 70 percent — being uncomfortable with living in a nursing home, while 61 percent would be uncomfortable admitting a relative into one.

“The new poll makes it clear that nursing homes have much work to do to instill more public confidence in their facilities,” a Gallup analysis of the data read.

“While it’s natural that people entering nursing homes would have reservations about the lifestyle changes inherent in moving into such a care facility, they should not have to worry about their safety or the quality of care they will receive.”

The Biden administration announced new staffing proposals for nursing homes at the beginning of the month. These proposals, which include facilities having a registered nurse on site all the time and two-and-a-half hours of care per resident from a nurse aide each day, are aimed at combating negative health outcomes and workplace burnout in nursing homes. 

The data comes from the Gallup Panel, featuring approximately 100,000 American adult respondents between July 5 and 24.

Source: The Hill

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