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Why nursing home understaffing is a problem

Understaffing in nursing homes is a major problem across the entire United States. When there are not enough hands on deck, patients tend to suffer the most harm. If you have a loved one living in a nursing facility, it is important to observe the conditions of the home including the number of staff available to attend to the residents. As soon as you see signs of neglect or abuse, it is time to take action to protect your loved one.

If you believe that your parent or loved one has suffered due to negligence in a nursing facility, you may be able to take legal action. A personal injury attorney in the Bloomfield area can review your case and help you move forward with a claim due to the harmful effects of understaffed nursing homes experienced by your loved one.

The numbers

Surveys suggest that approximately 90 percent or more nursing homes across the nation are not sufficiently staffed. Due to this, residents are more likely to suffer from malnutrition, infections and multiple other health risks. Many families have begun to speak out about these conditions and hold nursing facilities accountable for these subpar conditions.

Reasons for understaffing

The cost of staffing a nursing home can be very high. Many facilities cannot bear the cost of hiring enough qualified registered nurses and certified nursing assistants to see to the needs of the residents. This means that not only are these facilities understaffed, they are also overworking their employees.

Another reason for the understaffing is the environment itself. Nursing homes tend to be very stressful workplaces, which make it hard to attract and keep qualified staff. This is especially true in smaller communities.

Negative effects

When there is not enough staff to go around, patients suffer. Overworked staff tends to make mistakes such as giving a patient the wrong medication, missing the signs of declining health and even causing injuries. In general, patients that are bedridden or otherwise immobile are at the greatest risk in understaffed facilities. Since these residents require help when it comes to eating, drinking, going to the bathroom and even turning over in bed, overworked and stressed out employee may rush through these duties and not provide the attention the residents need.

If you are worried that a loved one is suffering neglect or abuse in a nursing facility, it is important to take immediate steps to get him or her to a safe environment. Furthermore, you may be entitled to take legal action against the facility that is responsible for the neglect.

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Alan D. Bell
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