Category: Staffing

Supreme Court Decision

Safety Decision The Supreme Court ruled CMS’s vaccine or testing requirement for healthcare workers was constitutional. The Court’s 5-4 decision lifted two injunctions blocking the safety requirement. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh joined the three liberal-leaning justices, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan in issuing the majority opinion

Staff Follows Wages and Benefits

Staffing Crisis Short-staffing because of low wages, poor working conditions, and lack of benefits affect the level of quality of care residents receive in nursing homes. Caregivers want and deserve more. The industry refuses to increases wages for certified nurse aides who perform 95% of the direct or custodial care of the residents. Staffing shortages

We shall see…

Every year, the media discusses the problems in long-term care. It is the same story. Abuse. Sexual Assaults. Short-staffed. Financial exploitation. It is tragic and overwhelming after 25 years of representing neglected vulnerable adults as an attorney. Poor working conditions, low wages, and unsafe staffing levels are the norm. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows

Nursing Home Calls 911

Unsafe staffing caused the caregiver at Autumn Heights Care Center to call 911 for emergency assistance on Christmas Day. Apparently, only one nurse caring for 50 residents. On Christmas morning, the exasperated and overworked nurse requested residents be transferred to local hospitals for their own safety. The 911 call requested help immediately because of unsafe

Historic Virginia Proposal

Acuity-Based Staffing A Virginia legislative commission recommended increasing minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes to improve the quality of care for residents. Members of the Joint Commission on Health Care approved a proposal to base minimum staffing standards on the needs and conditions of residents living in a facility. Sounds like a reasonable way to

Refusal to Accept Patients

Thousands of people hospitalized across the country are stuck. Not in airports. In hospitals. These people do not need hospital care and treatment. Nursing homes refuse to accept them without getting more federal funds. The shortages in the long term care facilities restrict the hospitals’ ability to transfer those patients out of a hospital. The


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