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Michigan Nursing Homes Receive Failing Grade

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(LANSING)  - Michigan has received a failing grade for its quality of nursing homes following an investigation of nursing home care in all 50 states. Michigan is one of eleven states to receive an “F” and ranks 44th overall according to a report released on Aug. 8 by Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group.

“Two years ago, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (MPAS) exposed the horrendous abuses that occur in Michigan's nursing home industry and this report shows nothing has improved,” said Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director of MPAS. “These owners and operators should be run out of Michigan and subjected to the fullest extent of the law for their failure to provide the care and safety for which they are paid.”

The report used eight federal measures to gauge nursing home quality ranging from nursing staff hours to percent of facilities with deficiencies. Michigan failed to manage an above average grade in any statistical category measured. Other unsatisfactory results from the study show Michigan has the nation’s highest percentage of nursing homes cited for severe deficiency and nearly every nursing home in the state was issued a deficiency for violating federal or state laws.

 “The Michigan Legislature must take immediate actions to close down failing nursing homes and open new and better options that allow people to age with dignity and supports at home. MPAS will be there to advocate for policies to accomplish this.” continued Cerano.

MPAS, the organization designated by the governor to advocate and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities in Michigan, supports the development of policies which aim to provide a safe environment in which people with disabilities can receive the supports and services they need in the least restrictive settings.

Results for all 50 states are available at


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August 13, 2013