An Associated Press investigation has identified the most populous states with the highest death rates for nursing home residents, and the most vulnerable to nursing home fires.
The AP has done the research using publicly available information and data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health departments, state attorney generals, state fire marshals, hospitals and other agencies.
The results show California, Michigan, Nevada, Texas and Pennsylvania as the top three states in terms of the number of deaths in nursing homes, followed by Connecticut, Oregon and New York.
The top three deaths in each state include the deaths of a caregiver, the victim’s spouse or other family member and the person’s caregiver or other caregiver’s children.
They were among 6,788 deaths reported by the state health department between Oct. 15 and Sept. 3, the most recent period for which data is available.
Among the state’s top three, Washington ranked second with 1,039 deaths.
The next-most-populous state with the most deaths was New York with 1.3, followed closely by Texas at 1.2, New Jersey with 1 and Oregon with 1 in all.
California has the most nursing home fatalities per capita with an average of 9.3 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Nevada has the second-highest death rate at 6.4 per 100 the state has recorded.
Nevada also has the nation’s highest death rate among seniors at 19.7 per 100 people, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Nevada’s total nursing home population is about 6,500.
California’s total population is 1,500,000.
In the three years ending in April, the state had 838 nursing home-related deaths, according a state death report.
Among those, 924 deaths were in the home health nursing home and 1,569 were in a family facility.
The remaining 3,938 deaths were among other residents, the report said.
The state is responsible for most nursing homes in the state, with the largest number at 4,872.
The state also has about 2,700 facilities where the deaths occurred.
California has about 30 percent of the nation with a nursing home vacancy rate of at least 15 percent, according the report.
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