LAS VEGAS—A month after a string of deadly incidents, the number of nursing homes in Nevada has reached a record high.
More than 20 nursing homes have closed their doors and have reopened, including three that reopened on Wednesday, with more expected to follow.
At least two more nursing homes are on track to reopen in the coming weeks.
And in the meantime, many people in southern Nevada are finding it increasingly difficult to get a clean nursing home.
In a state that has long been known for its quality of care, Nevada’s record high number of unlicensed nursing homes has put the state at the forefront of a growing national trend.
A recent report by the New York-based Center for Responsible Nursing (CRN) found that Nevada is home to more than 4,000 unlicensed facilities that don’t have a license to practice medicine, nursing, or dental nursing.
Nevada, which has a population of just under 1.3 million, has a per capita rate of nearly 1,200 in 2016, the most recent year for which figures are available.
Nevada also ranks at the bottom of the list of states with the lowest percentage of residents in nursing homes.
Nevada has the lowest number of registered nursing homes, according to the Nevada Department of Health.
The state’s total nursing homes registered with the department are nearly 3,700, according the latest data from the state.
Nevada was one of the first states to legalize the practice of unregistered nursing homes after the 1990s, when Nevada became the first state to adopt regulations for licensing, licensing, and regulation of unqualified nursing homes and home care facilities.
But the practice has remained a problem in the past decade.
According to the CRN report, in the three years after the end of the Clinton administration, Nevada had about 2,200 unlicensed, unlicensed care homes, an increase of more than 5,000 from the previous year.
The number of unsanctioned facilities in Nevada increased by 2,800 from the year 2000 to 2017, the CRNs report found.
The report also found that the number, by state, of un licensed homes increased from 4,500 in 2000 to about 6,000 in 2017.
The increase in unlicensed homes has been accompanied by an increase in the number with no license.
According the CRNS, about 3,500 unlicensed people are in nursing facilities in the United States.
Nevada’s unlicensed-care-home population increased to 4,700 people in 2017, according a report by Nevada’s Department of Licensing and Regulation.
The CRN also found Nevada has one of highest per capita rates of unpermitted unlicensed beds in the nation.
In the past five years, the rate of uninspected unlicensed bed occupancy in Nevada jumped from 14.7 percent to 16.4 percent, according its report.
The average number of beds per registered nursing home was 2.25 in 2017 and the average unlicensed unlicensed patient was 5.27.
Nevada is one of several states that have been dealing with the increasing number of untrained care workers who are not properly licensed.
In Nevada, there are nearly 5,600 unlicensed individuals living in unperformed care homes.
The majority of these unlicensed residents are from low-income communities, the report found, citing data from CRN.
Nevada Department, Licensing, Regulation, and Inspections Director Steve Sutter said the department’s office of the director is working to address the issue and has a number of initiatives in the works to make Nevada’s care facilities more safe.
The department is also working to expand the state’s uninspection program to help ensure the safety of the nursing home population and the residents and staff at unlicensed and licensed facilities, he said.
Sutter, who serves on the state Senate’s Health, Labor, and Human Services Committee, said the office of unregistration and licensure are working to make the process easier for the state and the community.
Sutters said the state has received numerous reports about unlicensed home care workers, who can have a range of disabilities, including hearing loss and learning disabilities.
“We are trying to do everything we can to educate the public and educate those who are untrained on the care they are providing,” he said in a press conference Wednesday.
The health department said it is taking the steps it can to address unlicensed health care workers and unlicensed residential care facilities by taking measures to make it easier for people with special needs to enter and work in a home, by increasing the number and scope of inspections of unregulated nursing homes across the state, and by enforcing the rules for the licensing and unregistry of licensed care homes to make certain that the state does not allow unlicensed practitioners to practice in a licensed home.
The secretary also said the Nevada Health Care Financing Program has issued a $4.5 million grant to the Southern Nevada Healthcare