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Hawaii nursing homes among best in U.S.

By Erika Engle


Hawaii nursing homes are the fourth-highest ranked in the nation for overall quality and the Aloha State is only one of ten to receive an “A” grade.

In its first such state-by-state nursing home report card, Florida-based advocacy group Families for Better Care ranked Alaska the best, followed by No. 2 Rhode Island; No. 3 New Hampshire, Hawaii, and No. 5, Oregon.

Hawaii, Alaska and Maine scored superior grades in every staffing measure reviewed, the study noted.

Of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Texas came in last at No. 51; preceded by Louisiana at 50; Indiana at 49, No. 48, Oklahoma and No. 47, Missouri.


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Grimbold wrote:
Most people in nursing homes are paid by the tax payer. Direct relatives should be held accountable instead.
on August 15,2013 | 09:11AM
jm2375 wrote:
Do you really want more people to go bankrupt? We placed my mother-in-law in a nursing home on the advice of her doctor. She had no assets other than her pension and SS. Medicare only pays for the first 100 days. We would have gone bankrupt if we had to pay for her nursing home care.
on August 15,2013 | 11:02AM
awahana wrote:
Go back to the future. Before nursing homes, we all took care of our kupuna in our own homes and families. How much does that cost? NOTHING.
When we send our parents who gave birth to us, and raised us, to live and be cared for by complete strangers, that is a deplorable society. Thank god my culture still practices filial piety.
And the excuse? I have to work. Need money to survive. How about not buying a new car? New HDTV? Cancel cable TV? Stop upgrading your iphone. Nothing wrong with a dumbphone. Grow your own food in your backyard instead of buying crazy expensive Hawaii priced groceries. Imagine that.
Hawaii is better. Hawaii can do better.
on August 15,2013 | 11:47AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT awahana, mostly agree with you, except growing beef, pork and chickens(food) as well as carrots and potatoes in my 4th floor apartment. ANNND it does cost more to keep Grandma at home. Extra food and utilities, for one. Renting a larger residence, transportation, medical and pharmaceutical expenses. When time comes, my nasty wife goes to nursing home. I'll live with my kids, because I'm the good one. My retirement income and Social Security will supplement my caregivers.
on August 15,2013 | 03:34PM
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