If you have a loved one in a nursing home you may want to keep reading.
Ohio is on the bottom when it comes to nursing home inspections.
The Plain Dealer of Cleveland cites records it obtained showing that a key deadline for inspecting nursing homes hasn’t been met since the fiscal year 2011. It says Ohio is the fourth-worst state nationally in inspection intervals. Advocates say inspectors offer important checks on the industry, detecting patient care issues.
The agency that provides inspectors is understaffed. The newspaper reported Sunday that Ohio has one inspector for every six nursing homes, while nearby states Michigan, Kentucky and Illinois have one for every four facilities.
The Ohio Department of Health say they are working on improving overall care and have done so in the last 2 years. However, low pay and high overturn rate of inspection staff make it easy for inspections to not come every year.
“It’s a chronic situation,” said Peter Van Runkle, executive director of the Ohio Health Care Association. “The state inspectors are understaffed.”
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