Tuesday, February 7, 2017

BETTER STAFFING IS THE KEY



Since moving to this facility, I have witnessed major changes in regard to staffing. I have seen residents walking up and down the halls looking for staff to assist them. Not only have I witnessed this, I have been one of the residents looking for someone to help me.

The number of CNA's  to resident ratio varies from state to state. There is no Federal law.  I  spoke with one of the nurses here. She told me if there are 18 residents with one CNA  and a nurse on the floor, the floor is considered to be adequately staffed by the State of Missouri. This is because both the nurse and the CNA are responsible for 9 residents.  In reality, the CNA has to care for all of the residents by themselves.because the nurse has other responsibilities and does not have time to assist with a resident's personal care. Many nights there is just one CNA and nurse on the floor.

Most mornings there is just one CNA and a nurse because a CNA may be running late. when the second CNA arrives, the residents who are on their assignment get a late start to their day. I know a resident who misses breakfast frequently because there is only one CNA on their floor. I  recently read about a health care worker in Georgia who had 24 residents to care for. One person cannot give 24 residents the quality of care they deserve.

According to the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, the Federal government has found when nursing homes do not meet a recommended level of 4.1 hours per day of total nursing time per resident the facility may be putting their residents at risk.

If you think this issue doesn't affect you, you're wrong  Statistics show that over forty percent of Americans sixty-five and over will spend part of their life in a nursing home. That is why I am urging you to become a part of  The Consumer Voice Nursing Home Staffing Campaign. A campaign to raise awareness and educate people on the problem of understaffing in this country. If you have concerns let Congress know by filling out the email form on the Consumer Voice website.http://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/o/8641/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9692

There is a need for higher nurse staffing standards/ Variables such as cost, enforcement, and nursing home bureaucracy should not.hinder facilities from implementing higher staffing standards. Facilities must put residents first.  Staff and administrators go home each night. We are the ones that have to live here. We deserve the best. 

Get involved with The National Consumer Voice.  http://theconsumervoice.org/home Find out how you can become an advocate for those of us living in long-term care communities.