Staffing Shortages Addressed In Nursing Homes

The question of how many workers are needed to efficiently care for nursing home residents remains unanswered. State laws do not specify how many staffers are needed when caring for residents resulting in neglect issues that have become a problem in facilities.

It seems one of the bigger issues is lack of workers inside nursing homes which lead to not adequately meeting the resident’s needs. As a result, some nursing home facilities are placed on a federal watch list due to problems revealed by state inspectors.

On an assigned shift, some staffers are responsible for as many as 10 residents at a time. Conducting 15 minute safety checks as well as personal care on residents can be time consuming and causing some residents to go without proper care. Caregivers also work for low wages which increases staffing turnover. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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