The Norman Transcript

August 15, 2013

State legislators request nursing home oversight

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — A group of Democratic legislators and advocates for nursing home residents said Wednesday that the state’s nursing home oversight is dismal, and they criticized House Speaker T.W. Shannon for refusing to order a study on the issue.

Rep. Richard Morrissette cited a recent study by an advocacy group that gave Oklahoma an “F” grade and ranked the state 48th in nursing home care. The report, released last week by Florida-based nonprofit Families for Better Care, ranked Oklahoma last among all states in the amount of professional nursing care the average resident gets each day, with less than 29 minutes.

“We’re here again because the crimes of deficient nursing homes continue as always,” Morrissette said.