New AARP Report Lists Oklahoma Nursing Homes as Worst in Nation
AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, is one of the country’s biggest non-partisan and non-profit interest groups. The group is dedicated to empowering people as they age, and the organization reportedly has more than 38 million members. Recently, the group discovered some unsettling facts about nursing homes in Oklahoma.
AARP Discovers Nursing Homes in Oklahoma are Falling Behind
Recent news reports confirmed how AARP ranked Oklahoma’s nursing homes as some of the worst in the nation. AARP determined that Oklahoma’s nursing homes are failing to provide basic quality care for residents. Nurses in the state spend the fewest number of hours each day for each patient, and the state ranked second for the rate of patients with pressure sores. Even more disturbing, Oklahoma’s nursing homes ranked the highest in the country for the rate at which they utilize antipsychotic medications on patients that don’t suffer from a psychiatric disorder. AARP’s findings highlight a need for the state to prioritize reforming their nursing homes, raise the overall standard for the quality of care provided to residents and ensure that homes are staffed appropriately.
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