Staff Shortages are Correlated with an Increased Death Rate for Residents of Nursing Home Facilities

Staff Shortages are Correlated with an Increased Death Rate for Residents of Nursing Home Facilities
Date: May 15, 2023

After a recent study uncovered a correlation between staffing shortages during the pandemic and increased death rates for individuals residing in nursing homes, there is a major push for policies that will improve the quality of care. Due to a shortage of staff, there was an inadequate number of hours of care per resident leading to a 10.5% increase in deaths of residents. Nursing homes lost hundreds of thousands of workers during the pandemic and this shortage had a clear negative impact on the nursing home residents.

Many are now standing up and fighting for policies that will better the quality of care and access to this care for those who need it. Nursing home staff are not meeting the minimum hours per resident necessary in order to provide sufficient levels of care. These guidelines of hours per resident were carefully calculated to measure the time needed for residents’ needs to be met. By not adhering to these guidelines, resident deaths will continue to skyrocket. If staffing shortages persist, we will continue to see a plethora of cases of abuse and neglect.

These cases of inadequate care will continue to increase if the guidelines are not properly met. Nursing home residents deserve the quality care required for their safety and well-being. Dougherty, Leventhal, and Price Law aims to combat these cases of nursing home abuse and neglect. We prioritize and support you and your loved ones. We encourage you to reach out to our experienced attorneys today regarding the matter. Remember… Injury? Call DLP! (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P.

Works Cited

Lasek, Alicia. “Nurse staffing shortages linked to 10 percent jump in resident deaths”, McKnight’s Long Term Care News, 9 May 2023, https://www.mcknights.com/news/nurse-staffing-shortages-linked-to-10-percent-jump-in-resident-deaths/. Accessed 9 May 2023.

Melissa Weber
DLP intern.