As advocates for the elderly, we at Alonso Krangle, LLP are dedicated to exposing the root causes of nursing home abuse and neglect in Long Island’s Nassau County and Suffolk County. One significant contributing factor is a chronic issue that plagues many facilities: understaffing due to low pay. In this post, we will discuss how this problem negatively impacts resident care in our local nursing homes, as well as potential solutions for addressing it.
The Connection Between Understaffing, Low Pay, and Nursing Home Abuse
Understaffed nursing homes often struggle to provide adequate care for their residents. This can lead to situations where staff members are overworked and stressed, resulting in an increased likelihood of mistakes or even deliberate acts of abuse or neglect.
When staff members are not adequately compensated for their work, they may become demotivated or resentful. This could result in a higher turnover rate among employees who seek better-paying jobs elsewhere. As a consequence, there may be fewer qualified staff members available to provide care for residents properly.
Long Island has experienced several instances where understaffed facilities have led to poor resident outcomes due to negligence or outright abuse (e.g., Cold Spring Hills Center incident).
The Challenges Facing the Nursing Home Industry
Recruiting and retaining qualified staff is one of the most significant challenges facing nursing homes today. With the aging population increasing, the demand for long-term care services is also on the rise. However, many nursing homes struggle to attract and keep qualified staff members due to low wages and inadequate working conditions.
In particular, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) often experience poor pay and challenging workloads. As a result, they may be more likely to seek employment elsewhere or leave the healthcare field altogether. This cycle of understaffing and high turnover rates can negatively affect resident care in several ways:
- Increased risk of medication errors
- Inadequate monitoring of residents
- Failure to address individual care needs
- Higher likelihood of physical or emotional abuse
Potential Solutions for Improving Staffing Levels and Working Conditions in Nursing Homes
There are several potential solutions that could help address the problem of understaffing and low pay in Long Island’s nursing homes:
Increased funding for long-term care: By allocating more resources to this sector, facilities could afford to offer higher wages and better working conditions for their employees.
Mandated staffing ratios: Establishing minimum staffing levels by law can help ensure that each resident receives adequate attention from qualified staff members.
Improved training opportunities: Providing ongoing education and professional development opportunities can help attract dedicated employees who are invested in providing quality care.
Support for whistleblowers: Encouraging employees to report instances of abuse or neglect without fear of reprisal can create a culture of accountability within facilities.
Take Action: Contact Alonso Krangle, LLP Today
If you believe your family member has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect due to understaffing or other factors in Long Island’s Nassau County or Suffolk County, it’s essential that you take action as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys at Alonso Krangle, LLP are dedicated to advocating for the rights of elderly residents in our community.
Don’t let your loved one suffer any longer. Contact Alonso Krangle, LLP today to discuss your family member’s situation and pursue their rights or those of a loved one. Call (800) 403-6191 for assistance and let our team help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.