Inadequate staffing of nursing homes can make life difficult for residents—we can help
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Nursing homes, in Georgia and across the nation, have minimum staffing requirements to ensure patient safety. Standards apply to staffing levels of nurses as well as other employees. Too few staff members can lead to poor monitoring of patient health leading to malnutrition. Poor monitoring of security can lead to a nursing home fall, or wandering / elopement. Prescription errors may occur as a result of being hurried when distributing patient medication.
A common form of negligence related to inadequate staffing is the development of bed sores on patients. The staff is unable to regularly reposition patients who cannot move themselves. Bed sores can lead to infections that can be life-threatening.
Why would a nursing home not have enough staff?
Nursing home administrators may be looking for ways to cut costs and boost profits. One option is to reduce staff. They might not replace people who leave. They might decide not to hire additional staff even as they are accepting new residents. These actions can have devastating consequences. A resident may be given the wrong medication or too much medication. A resident may not get enough food or water, or someone with a special diet might get the wrong type of meal.
Nursing homes must be held accountable for their understaffing decisions. If the nursing home was cutting corners on staffing costs and your loved one sustained injuries, it’s time to take aggressive action. Talk to our law firm today for a free consultation.