The state of Ohio ranks 44th nationwide when it comes to the quality of long-term services, including home care, support for family caregivers, and nursing homes, according to a new report. 

The AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and The SCAN Foundation evaluated how every state fares in 26 indicators in five main areas that measure long-term services and supports for older adults and people with physical disabilities, and their caregivers. New indicators this year include length of stay in nursing homes and use of anti-psychotic drugs by nursing homes.

Ohio is in the bottom one-fourth of the country when it comes to affordability and access, and quality of life and quality of care. The state is in the third quartile in the areas of choice of setting and provider, support for family caregivers, and effective transitions.

The good news is that Ohio was one of five states with the largest rates of improvement – more than 25 percent – over its performance on the first report released in 2011. The report also showed that the median annual cost of care for a private room in a nursing home in the U.S. is $82,950.

“Americans want to live independently in their homes and communities as they age,” said AARP Senior Vice President for Public Policy Susan Reinhard. “States are starting to step up to meet this challenge, but more must be done in a short time to meet the changing needs of a growing older population.” Read the full details here:

Long-term care: Ohio near bottom for services for seniors and physically disabled, ranks 44th

Frightening findings as our population ages. This reinforces the notion that those who have loved ones in need of nursing home care must do exhaustive research to find a facility that is right for them.

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