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A new study published in Health Affairs concluded Hispanics are more likely to live in bad nursing homes than other demographics. After analyzing data from predominately Hispanic vs. non-Hispanic nursing homes, the studies leader Mary Fennell, a professor of sociology and community health at Brown University, believes the data conclusively demonstrates that Hispanics live in inferior nursing homes.
Amongst the studies findings:
- 4.5 million elderly Hispanics require nursing home care in 2010
- From 2000 – 2005, the percentage of Hispanic nursing home patients increased from 5% to 6.4% of the total nursing home population
- Most of the Hispanic patients in nursing homes had already endured prior hospitalizations and require high-level care
One of the reasons the study suggests for the increase in Hispanic nursing home patients is that many of the predominately female care-givers now work outside of the home.
Whatever the underlying reason for the increase in Hispanic nursing home patients, I strongly believe that all nursing home patients are entitled to the best care that is feasible.
As a personal injury lawyer in Chicago, I unfortunately see many minorities flocking to inferior nursing homes because they are conveniently located within the confines of their neighborhood. Consequently, I always suggest that families should select a facility based on the quality of the services they provide over the convenience of its location.
Read more about this study of Hispanic nursing home patients here.