A new study has revealed that Iowa offers the best access to elderly care in the United States with a care score of 70.67 out of 100.
Home hospital beds provider, SonderCare, conducted research into which states offer the best access to elderly care. They examined several factors, including the number of nursing homes and respite facilities per 100,000 residents, nursing home occupancy rates, monthly costs of private and semi-private nursing homes, and the percentage of nursing homes with zero deficiencies.
An overall “Care Score” was then calculated based on these metrics to find the states offering the best access to elderly care.
Iowa has a total of 412 nursing homes per 100,000 residents, which is the 12th highest amount in America. Iowa also has a total of 112 respite facilities per 100,000 residents, the 16th highest amount in the country. Overall, Iowa’s nursing homes have an occupancy rate of 71%. This means that 71% of the nursing homes in the state are occupied, which is the tenth lowest in the country.
The monthly cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home in Iowa is $6,874 on average, which is the tenth cheapest in America. Meanwhile, the monthly fee for a private room in a nursing home is $7,452, also making it the tenth cheapest state for this factor.
The percentage of nursing homes in Iowa that do not have any deficiencies is 10%. Deficiencies are given to nursing homes for any problems that may result in a negative impact on the health and safety of the facility. The average deficiency rate in the country is 6%, this places Iowa above the average rate.
The states offering the best access to elderly care include:
‘Care score’ (out of 100)