posted on Nov, 22 2016 @ 06:09 PM
a reply to: Dalan
(it doesn't actually cost more to take care of a "problem resident," especially when insurance pays for meds/treatments/etc).
when they figure two nurses/ aids per so many residents in a 8 hour shift, and it takes three or four a 30min to clam down or restrain one resident.
say its four that's 2 man hours. then they have to go back and take care of the other residents. if that happens 4 times a day, that's 8 man hours
plus whatever time it takes care of the others.
so yes that does add cost in man hours, and cuts into their bottom line as they see it.
Or, what most people don't see: they're regulated to hell and have to understaff nurses and supplies just to stay in business. Text
before i went to work in my shop, i worked in maintenance at a nusring home for a year, and while at my shop did service calls for several local
nursing homes on their coffee, tea, dishwashers, and generators.
this is what we were told,the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommends that the minimum staffing level was when nursing home
residents received three hours of total staff time per day -- two hours of of aid time and one hour of nurse time. with the best staffing level at
one hour of nurse time, and three hours of aid time.
states requirements are usually much higher than federal but still far short of CMS guidelines.
federal law requires medicare and medicaid certified nursing homes have a RN director of nursing at least 8 hour a say 7 days a week, and a RN or LPN
the rest of the time. there is no set minimum for nurses aids, they do however have to maintain a sufficient staff and services to provide the
highest possible level of care.
you have to check on what your state requires to know for sure
so as you can tell that is not a lot of staffing requirements, other regulation may be a big cost factor. but that is no reason to let staffing fall
to minimum standards.
edit on 22-11-2016 by hounddoghowlie because: (no reason given)