Oklahoma isn't the only state surveying nursing home residents. Ohio recently unveiled plans to do face-to-face surveys of residents this year, as mandated by a state law approved in 2000.
The Ohio Department of Aging plans to post the survey data as part of an Internet-accessible Long-Term Care Consumer Guide that the state hopes will make it easier for potential residents and their families to choose from the 980 nursing homes in Ohio. The guide is expected to be posted on the department's Web site by Sept. 1.
The state hired the Scripps Gerontology Center of Miami (Ohio) University and the Margaret Blenkner Research Center of the Benjamin Rose Institute, Cleveland, to conduct the surveys.
The law that mandated the surveys also provided $1.4 million in state funding for nursing home quality initiatives.