Nursing Home Understaffing: Why is it a Problem?

Nursing Home Understaffing: Why is it a Problem?

With a growing elderly population in the U.S. comes a host of new issues. One such issue that has become an all-too-common problem is nursing home understaffing. New data from the federal government reveals that the majority of nursing homes in the U.S. have fewer staff than what they reported to the government.

The data collected by the government on nursing home staffing examined more than 14,000 facilities. It reveals that these facilities have frequent fluctuations in staffing, with weekends being particularly understaffed. On average, on the worst-staffed days at a facility, nursing home staff cared for nearly twice as many residents as they did on days when they were fully staffed.

Why is Understaffing Such a Problem?

Nursing homes and assisted living centers are home to elderly citizens who cannot care for themselves. A lack of trained staff members, such as nurses and other caretakers, can leave these individuals vulnerable and neglected. On days when nursing homes are understaffed, there are undoubtedly gaps in care for the residents.

If your loved one has suffered injury as a result of negligent care at a nursing facility, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. The nursing home may be liable for your loved one’s injuries.

“You never want to think that your elderly loved one is not being adequately cared for in a nursing home, but this is unfortunately the reality for some people. If your loved one has been hurt at an assisted care facility, don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.