How understaffed nursing homes endanger residents

Entrusting someone else with providing care for an elder loved one is always difficult, but it can prove far easier if you have confidence in the quality of care your loved one is receiving at his or her new Missouri residence. Unfortunately, however, understaffing issues plague many American nursing homes and continuing care facilities, and when such residences have inadequate staff, facility residents typically suffer the consequences. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we have seen firsthand the link between nursing home understaffing and insufficient care, and we have helped many residents and family members of residents who suffered injury at nursing homes pursue appropriate recourse.

According to AARP, a review of records from about 14,000 American nursing homes revealed that understaffing issues are chronic at many such facilities, and that the problem tends to worsen considerably on weekends. As you can imagine, most nursing home and continuing care facility residents live in such places because they can no longer appropriately provide care for themselves, but when there are not enough staff members to do so, either, numerous problems can result.

In some cases, understaffed nursing homes simply struggle to have enough hands to help residents perform basic daily functions, such as eating, bathing and moving frequently enough to prevent bed sores and related concerns. However, understaffing at nursing homes can also lead to serious abuse and neglect, and this becomes increasingly likely as staff members find themselves overworked and underpaid, as is the case at many such facilities.

If you are considering placing, or if you have already placed, your loved one in a particular facility, do your homework. Inquire about staff-to-resident ratios, and if you suspect your loved one is not receiving adequate care because of understaffing issues, speak up. You can find more about this topic on our webpage.


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