Have you ever visited a nursing home and observed one of the staff seemingly doing the work of three people? Maybe you even commented on this to the staff member. When nursing home owners deliberately short-staff to save money, however, they cause a number of problems—some aggravating, some life threatening.
The Center for a Just Society states that 90 percent of the nursing homes in the United States are understaffed. Not having enough people to do the job creates the following conditions:
- Undertraining—Staff members take on tasks for which they have not been trained.
- High staff turnover rates—When underpaid staff members have too much to do and work long hours, they have little incentive to stay in the job.
- Insufficient time spent with residents—Experts recommend that residents in nursing homes have about four hours of care by staff each day, but most nursing homes don’t even come close to this figure.
- The hiring of abusive staff members—Because of staff shortages, criminals who apply for jobs at nursing homes often are hired—perhaps because no one had the time to check the applicants’ background, perhaps because people with a criminal record would ask for a lower salary.
The owners of nursing homes owe their clients a service that includes adequate care. If your loved one is in a Kentucky nursing home that is obviously understaffed, contact the Louisville nursing home abuse lawyers at Gray and White Law. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 and set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.