Staff Shortages in Nursing Homes Increase Resident Mortality Rates

Staff Shortages in Nursing Homes Increase Resident Mortality Rates
Date: December 7, 2023

Study Reveals Link: Pandemic Staff Shortages in Nursing Homes Increase Resident Deaths by 10.5% Findings from a recent study highlight a concerning connection: a significant rise in nursing home resident mortality rates due to staff shortages during the pandemic. The shortage led to insufficient care hours per resident, resulting in a 10.5% increase in deaths. With hundreds of thousands of workers lost during this period, the impact on resident care was unmistakably negative.

Now, a rallying cry for policy improvements is gaining momentum. Advocates are pushing for enhanced care quality and improved accessibility. Existing guidelines for hours of care per resident, meticulously calculated to meet resident needs, are being disregarded. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will likely lead to a continued surge in resident fatalities.

Persistent staffing shortages not only pose a risk of increased neglect and abuse cases but also perpetuate substandard care. Upholding these guidelines is crucial to preventing further instances of inadequate care. Nursing home residents rightfully deserve the quality care essential for their safety and well-being.

At Dougherty Leventhal and Price, LLP we are committed to combating nursing home abuse and neglect. Our experienced attorneys prioritize supporting you and your loved ones. Contact us today to discuss this critical matter. Remember, when it comes to injury, call DLP at (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P.

Sean McDonough
Upon graduation from law school, he entered the private practice of law with Dougherty, Leventhal & Price. He has been a partner with the firm since 1993. Over the years, Sean has concentrated his practice in the areas of personal injury litigation; he has also represented governmental entities and officials in federal civil rights and employment lawsuits. Sean also works on many of DLP's Nursing Home Abuse cases.