Understaffing and Overworking in Nursing Homes

Even the most caring nursing home staffers cannot do their jobs properly if the facility itself is understaffed. Although plenty of nursing homes truly value their patients, other facilities try to cut corners by hiring an insufficient amount of workers and/or overworking existing staff. This can be a huge problem for patient care. Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable Americans, and they require steady attention and assistance.

If there are not enough staff members to go around, everyone suffers. If your loved one had a health crisis in an understaffed nursing home, they might not be able to get the help they need until it is too late.

Overworked healthcare providers may also be unable to notice important issues relating to your loved one’s health and well-being, including nascent illness, injury, or even signs of abuse. You sent your loved one to a nursing home so they could get better care, but improper staffing may result in an even lower quality of life than what they had at home.

Understaffed Nursing Homes May Be Liable for Patient Injury or Illness

Like any other healthcare provider, nursing homes are legally required to provide patients with a certain standard of care. Refusing to adequately staff a nursing home prevents patients from accessing the care they deserve — and in some cases, it can also be downright illegal.

Failing to properly staff a nursing home facility is a type of negligence. This puts patients at unfair and unnecessary risk. If you suspect that your loved one is in an understaffed nursing home, or one where existing staff is overworked, you owe it to them to sound the alarm before it is too late.

An experienced attorney can help you understand the legal issues that are relevant to your situation. They will help you look at your options and figure out what the best course of action is for your family.

Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble Today

Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss nursing home hiring issues and potential negotiations. It is important to contact an attorney early to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact us online or call at (908) 928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817.

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