More On…Most Nursing Homes Are For Profit-Businesses
The government does require nursing homes to provide a specific minimum number of staff, including CNAs and nurses,
for each resident. However, most nursing homes provide only the bare minimum staff to remain “legal” if they even meet the
minimum. In reality, the bare minimum means that there is not enough staff to take care of the residents in a safe manner and in
the way they should be taken care of.
This is called understaffing. This leads to unanswered call lights, less-frequent checks on the residents, and less assistance with toileting, feeding, and bathing. It can also be quite dangerous to the residents because the staff attempts to perform tasks with only one staff member, which should really be performed using two staff members, such as transfers and showering. This frequently results in residents being dropped and injured.
Because they are businesses, they also pay their employees as low as the market will allow to turn a bigger profit. This results
in attracting lower-quality employees and means they’ll work hard to get as much out of any one employee they can even if
that means the level of care in their facility becomes substandard because it is cheaper than hiring more staff to ease up on the