RI nursing homes get high ratings

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island nursing homes have higher satisfaction rates than their counterparts around the country according to a survey of patients and their relatives conducted by the state Health Department.

The survey shows 92 percent of Rhode Islanders rate their nursing homes as "good" or "excellent." The compares to an 89 percent satisfaction rate among nursing home patients nationwide.

Health department spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth says greater emphasis is being placed on a patient's individual preferences.

"Some people prefer to have a bath as opposed to a shower or whether a resident prefers to eat in the dining room or in their own room," says Beardsworth. "Just like all of us nursing home residents have preferences about how they want to live their own life."

This is the fifth consecutive year Rhode Island nursing homes have received higher ratings than the national average.

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