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Category: Staffing

Study on Transfers

Transfers to emergency rooms have negative long-term impacts on the health and well-being of nursing home residents. Almost 25% of all nursing home residents experience an emergency transfer to the hospital every year. That is a significant number. The risk of injury increases with each hospitalization. However, these transfers are preventable with adequate assessments and

Profits Over People

WBEZ analyzed data of all nursing homes in Illinois. They found that ownership affects the quality of care and ability to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “But a WBEZ analysis of Illinois and federal data has found that the coronavirus’ spread through the industry has not been even. Nursing homes that operate for profit

Staffing Issues Revealed

New research highlights longstanding staffing issues within nursing homes. Inadequate staffing, infection control and poor quality of care were problems before the pandemic hit according to Tara Sklar. Now, the staffing issues reveal systemic problems. Low-staffing in nursing homes affects the overall quality of care.  Sklar is a University of Arizona professor and director of

Criminal Neglect

The Tallahassee Democrat reported on the criminal neglect of a nursing home resident. The staff left a female resident unattended on a bedside commode for several hours. According to court records, a staff member placed the woman on the commode at 8:20 p.m. Jan. 2. Then, the caregiver instructed Shantika Cuyler to put her to

Safer Staffing in NJ

New Jersey New Jersey learned a valuable lesson from the tragic coronavirus pandemic. Starting February 1, 2021, New Jersey nursing homes will have safer staffing levels. Nursing homes must have one certified nursing assistant (CNA) per eight residents during day shifts, one direct caregiver for every 10 residents during the evenings, and one for every

Mandatory Sick Leave

Paid Sick Leave The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. They had a great article recently explaining the failure of nursing homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Why did nursing homes become the source of over 40% of U.S. COVID-19 deaths?  It comes down to money,

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