This Is the Worst-Rated City for Nursing Homes

More than half the nursing home ratings in this city were just one or two stars.

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Finding the right nursing home for a loved one can be a very difficult decision. The caliber of the facility and level of care someone receives can range from home to home.

Just how widely does the quality of nursing homes vary? A lot. Priceonomics recently analyzed hundreds of thousands of reviews from FamilyAssets, a company that helps people find living facilities for senior citizens.

Their findings? Atlanta, Georgia, topped the list of cities with the worst-rated nursing homes out of 125 cities around the country. Nearly 60 percent of the people who reviewed nursing homes in Atlanta gave them either one or two out of five stars.

To keep that percentage in perspective, it’s worth pointing out that many people aren’t happy with the care at nursing homes—and not just in Atlanta. The analysts assessed cities with more than 10 nursing homes and 100 reviews. More than 25 percent of the nursing home ratings Priceonomics examined were one star. To find out more information, you can read both Medicare and user reviews on FamilyAssets’s website. These are the 8 questions you must ask to keep aging parents safe and healthy.

Here are the other cities that topped the list for worst-reviewed nursing homes, ranked by percentage of nursing homes in that city that had one or two star reviews:

  1. Livonia, Missouri (58.3 percent)
  2. Albuquerque, New Mexico (56.1 percent)
  3. San Bernadino, California (51.7 percent)
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada (50.8 percent)
  5. Raleigh, North Carolina (49.1 percent)
  6. St. Louis, Missouri (48.0 percent)
  7. Akron, Ohio (47.9 percent)
  8. Silver Spring, Maryland (47.8 percent)
  9. Kansas City, Missouri (45.5 percent)

There is good news, however. People gave plenty of positive reviews when they were happy with the care in a nursing home. Evansville, Illinois, led the list of cities with the best-rated nursing homes, with more than 80 percent of either four- or five-star reviews. If you have aging parents, make sure you know these signs your elderly parent shouldn’t live alone anymore.

Nursing homes in Topeka, Kansas; Bakersfield, California; and well-known retirement destinations such as Miami, Florida, and Honolulu, Hawaii, also garnered high percentages of positive reviews. Next, don’t miss the 60 things every caregiver needs to know.

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Jennifer McCaffery
Jen McCaffery is an associate editor for Reader’s Digest. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Prevention, Rhode Island Monthly, and other publications and websites. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s growing veggies or trying to figure out the way home from assorted trails.