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‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years – The New York Times

An article appeared on July 7, 2018, on The New York Times website, entitled, “‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years”, by author, Jordan Rau.

In the article, Rau indicated, “Most nursing homes had fewer nurses and caretaking staff than they had reported to the government for years, according to new federal data, bolstering the long-held suspicions of many families that staffing levels were often inadequate.” The author went on to state, “Medicare previously had been rating each facility’s staffing levels based on the homes’ own unverified reports, making it possible to game the system.”

(Photo credit, Heather Ainsworth for The New York Times. All Rights Reserved.)

This, of course, leads to the condition in Nursing Homes that enable significant risk to residents, as reported by Rau: “When nursing homes are short of staff, nurses and aides scramble to deliver meals, ferry bedbound residents to the bathroom and answer calls for pain medication. Essential medical tasks such as repositioning a patient to avert bedsores can be overlooked when workers are overburdened, sometimes leading to avoidable hospitalizations.”

 

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