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County nursing homes show mixed care records; The disparities reflect school funding debate

New Hampshire Concord, NH - New Hampshire's publicly funded nursing homes perform better than their counterparts in other regions of the country, but a review of their inspection reports, architecture and amenities reveals wide disparities in elder care throughout the state. Coos County's neediest seniors sleep in rooms considered too small by federal standards and endure summers without air conditioning, while their peers at the Rockingham County Nursing Home enjoy an atrium with trees, fountains and a retractable roof. In Grafton County, nursing home staff members use handheld computers to document residents' care. Carroll County, on the other hand, was recently cited by state inspectors for storing records in open cardboard boxes. Merrimack County is replacing its century-old nursing home, while regions with fewer resources struggle to bring outdated buildings in line with modern fire codes.

June 17, 2007

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