Oklahoma Nursing Homes Rank "F" in a national study by an independent group advocating for a better standard of care. http://nursinghomereportcards.com/state/ok/ This information was dispensed second to a press release from District 92 Representative Richard Morrissette, who has been advocating for change. It was broadcast by the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers NASWOK Executive Director, MaryJo Kinsey who was duly concerned of the findings. Oklahoma has apparently had notoriously ongoingly low scores.
Families for Better Care Executive Director, Brian Lee recognizes the outstanding contributions of the following experts whose insight and guidance helped bring the 2013 Nursing Home Report Card to fruition. Richard Mollot, Ph.D. Executive Director, Long-Term Care Community Coalition and Margaret Niederer, Ph.D. Nursing Home Resident Advocate and Retired Illinois Regional Ombudsman, and other omsbudsmen across the USA. Omsbudsmen are persons who are identified as monitors of a topic, like eldercare or nursing homes, and they investigate complaints, reporting findings and listing suggested options. Sometimes these persons act from a role as a state employee, and other times they are independently funded, as from a group such as this one.
Representative Morrissette is reportedly planning a stakeholders type meeting to address public wishes and concerns regarding this and any other awareness of needs for improvement in Elder Care and Nursing Homes in Oklahoma. Contact his office directly if interested in sharing ideas or attending meetings related to problems and possible solutions. Below are some related links.
http://www.okhouse.gov/District.aspx?District=92 Richard Morrissette
http://www.naswok.org/ The Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
The AARP http://assets.aarp.org/www.aarp.org_/promotions/sem/member01.html keycode=U8LXS5&packageid=&componentid=&whocalled=promo_enroll&cmp=IVS-KNC-ACQ-PMD-ACQJOIN
The Oklahoma State Office of Care Facility Administrators http://www.ok.gov/osbeltca/