Higher Costs to Increase Staffing: Can Nursing Homes Meet this Standard? DLP Wants to Fight for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Higher Costs to Increase Staffing Can Nursing Homes Meet this Standard DLP Wants to Fight for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Date: November 21, 2022

There is a potential nursing home staffing mandate in attempts to decrease the neglect statistics seen in residential nursing homes. In the state of Pennsylvania, it could cost up to $360 million to staff at the new staffing level. These increased costs are largely increased because there is a need to hire newly certified nursing aides that also must receive reasonable pay. One must question though, is it possible? As one of the biggest mainstream issues in the world of residential nursing homes, is it this easy of a fix?

The American Health Care Association states that “estimated providers would have to spend an additional $10 billion more per year nationally and hire more than 187,000 new workers to meet requirements of a 4.1-hour standard”. In order to fulfill these numbers, they will need aid from government resources. The question if the change is going to occur stems from whether funding will be provided in order to comply with these regulations.

This national staffing minimum mandate shows us that there is a serious staffing problem in the nursing home and healthcare industry. Low quantities of staff members lead to neglect of patients, or even abuse due to the lack of time given to provide care. If you feel that you or a loved one are victims of nursing home abuse and neglect, DLP is here for you. We want to fight for your right to quality care. Remember… Injury? Call DLP! (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P.

Works Cited

Marselas, Kimberly. “Providers, states grapple with billion-dollar needs ahead of federal staffing mnimum”. McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 17 November 2022, https://www.mcknights.com/news/128995/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NWLTR_MLT_DailyUpdate_111722. Accessed 17 November 2022.

Melissa Weber
DLP intern.