The CDC recently published The National Nursing Home Survey: 2004. The report was based on a sample of 1,500 nursing homes, out of the 17,000 nationwide. The CDC's previous report was for 1999. A new survey of CNA's was added. http://www.dvanarelli.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/20...Some items:Nursing homes: * In 2004 there were 1.5 million nursing home residents, 136,000 fewer than in 1999. * Overall, nursing homes occupancy rates were 86%. * 62% of the homes were for-profit, 30% non-profit, and the rest government/other. * 88% of homes were certified for Medicare and Medicaid, up from 82% in 1999. * 55% of the homes were owned by chains. * Nursing homes employed 939,000 in care jobs, of which 600,000 were CNA's.Residents: * 45% of residents were age 85 or older. * The Midwest had the most nursing home residents, as a percent of population, followed by the Northeast, then South. The West had by far the fewest. * 71% of Nursing home residents were female. * Most residents had more than one payment source. At admittance 42% paid some or all of their care privately, but as of the survey 66% were then paying some or all of their costs. * 23% were originally admitted for circulatory problems, 16% for mental disorders, and 165 for nervous system disorders. * 11% of residents had pressure ulcers, 76% of those were stage 2 (open sore) or worse. * 42% of patients with stage 3 or 4 sores had been in acute care hospitals prior to admittance. * 56% of residents had DNR directivesCNA's: * Nursing home CNA's were paid about $10 per hour * Non-profit homes paid $0.70 per hour more than for-profits, and government-run homes paid $1 per hour more, on average. * 54% were enrolled in employer health plans (46% at for-profits, and 63% at non-profits). * 16% did not have any health care insurance. * 36% had family incomes below $20,000 per year * 92% were female, half were married * 54% had 6 or more years experience * 43% said that they did not have enough time to adequately assist residents (51% in the Northeast) * 40% reported being dissatisfied with pay. * 20% were dissatisfied with workplace morale * More felt they were respected by residents than by resident family or supervisors * 32% said supervisors did not discipline or remove poor performers * 30% had problems with co-workers * 45% said they may leave facility within a year, poor pay being biggest factorGertrudehttp://eldercarenotebook.blogspot.com/
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