I’m disturbed that there was so little attention from public officials of the AARP Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard which showed the percentage of high-risk nursing home resident with ‘pressure sores’ ranked New Jersey 49th in the nation as a measure of quality of care. This is disgraceful!
Coupled with the fact that the Garden State ranked 44th in affordability of nursing home care, and 39th in terms of Medicaid funding for home and community-based services, it magnifies the challenges faced by the elderly and their families. New Jersey is not doing enough to address these issues.
We ranked 40th for percentage of people with 90 or more days of nursing home stays who successfully transition back to home and community. It is a measure of how much the State prioritizes what our most vulnerable people want and need—to be home, with their independence, dignity and choices—and families. It reminds me of that scene from The Godfather Part 3 "Just When I Thought I Was Out They Pull Me Back In."
Not good, New Jersey. Not good.
Chief Legislative Advocate
AARP New Jersey