Is affordable (and good)nursing home possible? The national average cost of a nursing home is $203 a day, according to the latest survey by Genworth Financial. Few Americans think of $74,000 a year as affordable.

Some nursing homes even cost considerably more than that. But does their higher cost mean they provide better care? Maybe so…maybe not.

Want to learn more about the cost vs. quality debate? A new report by an industry-government-consumer-think-tank coalition called Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes may help. The group signs up nursing homes that agree to pursue specific quality goals, such as reducing the incidence of bedsores and the percentage of residents in physical restraints, and then tracks their progress using data submitted to the federal government. Slightly below half of all nursing homes have joined the campaign.

My Question: How many of the nursing homes in western Virginia have signed up?

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at