The neglect of patients in nursing homes has been going on for decades, and now President Biden is pushing for regulations that would mandate a certain number of staff be present at all times.
After years of discussion and denial from industries, the Biden administration is now planning to set a federal minimum staffing requirement for all 15,500 nursing homes in America. If everything goes according to plan, we can expect this new rule to be announced sometime in 2023. All of this information can be found in more detail using the following article about Biden’s plan for staff mandates.
In an interview, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra stated that the massive amount of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes was what pushed the Biden administration to finally take action. Close to 160,000 nursing home residents have succumbed to covid-19 during the pandemic–an appalling number considering how vulnerable elderly people are to infection and living arrangements. Additionally, about 2,700 staff members have also died from the virus. These statistics imply that something needs to be done in order to protect not only nursing home residents but employees as well.
The abuse of elderly patients in nursing homes is a serious issue that has been going on for far too long. With this new regulation, hopefully, more attention will be brought to the problem and steps will be taken to ensure that everyone who lives in or works at a nursing home is safe and treated with respect. This regulation can also be used as an incentive for nursing homes to improve the quality of their services and provide a better environment for both residents and staff.
It remains to be seen how this proposed federal minimum staffing requirement will impact nursing homes across America. But if successful, this could lead to more comprehensive regulations that protect the rights of elderly residents and staff members in nursing homes. Only time will tell if this will be the case, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.
What are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?
A nursing home or assisted living facility is a place where your loved one can live while receiving care when they are unable to do so themselves. However, not all facilities provide adequate and appropriate healthcare. To make sure your loved ones are being taken care of, watch out for the following signs of abuse:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Bruising, cuts or welts
- Bed sores
- Frequent infections
- Signs of dehydration
These are just some of the signs. If you would like to learn more about the signs of abuse you can view our page for Nursing Home Abuse & Assisted Living Facility Injuries.
As many as 24.3% of residents have experienced at least one instance of physical abuse while in a nursing home. Our lawyers know the ins and outs of the state’s regulatory standards and statutes governing nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The personal injury attorneys at Beltz & Beltz have spent many years representing those suffering from nursing home abuse and assisted living facility injuries. Need help? Don’t wait; contact us today at Beltz & Beltz to learn more about our services and what we can do for you!