January 31, 2011
A recent opinion piece submitted to the Lexington Herald-Leader by Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform (www.KyNursingHomeReform.org) advocates for staffing standards in Kentucky’s nursing homes. The article cited a recent poll illustrating that the public is strongly in favor of staffing standards like minimum staff-to-patient ratios in nursing homes.
“A recent survey by state Sen. Denise Harper Angel in her Jefferson County 35th Legislative District showed that 83 percent of 2,000 constituents she polled favored ‘minimum staff-to-patient ratios for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.’”
The group for nursing home reform also argues that there is much evidence to support that staffing standards improve nursing home care quality in states like Florida, California, and Arkansas.
Advocacy groups like Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform play an important role in bringing attention to the problem of nursing home abuse, as well as spur discussion and ideas to improve the care in nursing homes across our country. Another important way to combat nursing home abuse or neglect is to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer if you suspect a loved one is bring abused in his or her nursing home. By doing so you hold abusers accountable for their actions and send a message that nursing home abuse will not be tolerated.