Nursing Homes Fight for More Than Two Beds per Room: DLP Fights for the Safety of Nursing Home Residents

Nursing home providers have recently begun their efforts to fight the rule limiting each room to two hospital beds.
Date: January 16, 2023

Nursing home providers have recently begun their efforts to fight the rule limiting each room to two hospital beds. According to Attorney Howard Sollins, denying these providers the ability to place more than two hospital beds per room would be denying people the opportunity to receive care. However, the main concern for nursing home providers is the limit on the number of beds being a limit to their profitability.

           

The White House has stated they aim to have fewer patients per room due to elderly individuals’ vulnerability and weakened immune systems. Private rooms have been shown to correlate with better infection control. When the COVID-19 pandemic took over, infection rates became a principal factor when looking to prevent unreasonably high death rates. A recent study conducted showed the association between lower room occupancy and COVID-19 infection rates, therefore, the limit is raised to a greater occupancy presents an increased danger to residents.

Alongside lower infection rates, lower occupancy per room allows for improved sleep and reduced agitation. Not only is the well-being of patients improved with lower occupancies, but they are overall provided better care. If more than two beds are allowed per room in nursing home facilities, the issue of understaffing and cases of nursing home abuse and neglect will be exacerbated. Nursing home providers are struggling to provide adequate care for residents with the current occupancy they have; by allowing more beds to be added, an increase in the risk of abuse or neglect is introduced.

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By fighting for higher occupancy per room, nursing home providers are fighting for the possibility to make more money. DLP on the other hand wants to fight for the justice of your loved ones and prevent any further increase in the risk of cases of abuse and neglect. If you feel you or someone you care about is facing either of these, reach out to DLP today. Remember… Injury? Call DLP! (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P.

Melissa Weber
DLP intern.