State and federal laws require that at least one nurse be on duty for each shift, each day of the week. Beyond this, there’s no set number that must be on duty. The law just says that there must be enough staff to take care of residents' needs adequately.
What’s considered “adequate” is difficult to define. The best way to determine if there’s enough help is to take note of any circumstances where neglect is apparent. For instance, if you see that residents aren’t being fed, receiving their medication, or have been left in the same position for a long period of time, this may be a good indication that more nurses are necessary.
Documenting instances such as this is a good idea. You should make note of the unmet need, what the circumstances were surrounding it, the date and time. If you do bring the situation to the attention of a staff member, you should also note the response and if the need was finally met.
Understaffing is a common reason for residents in a nursing home to be neglected. Neglect can lead to unnecessary injuries and illness.
When your loved one has been the victim of neglect in a Louisville nursing home and suffered serious injuries or illness as a result, you should seek legal counsel. A Kentucky nursing home abuse law firm can determine if you have a valid reason to pursue a claim.
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