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What risks do under-staffed nursing homes pose to residents?

If you have a loved one in an Alabama nursing home, you probably want to believe that he or she is getting the best level of care possible, and that his or her needs are addressed promptly and appropriately. Regrettably, however, nursing home understaffing is a serious problem at facilities across the state and nation, with NursingHomeAbuseGuide.com reporting that there is a serious lack of staff at as many as 95 percent of American nursing homes.

When nursing homes and continuing care facilities are not adequately staffed, the quality of care your loved ones receive tends to suffer. Existing staff members often find themselves handling the job duties of multiple employees, and this, especially when coupled with the inherently stressful nature of the nursing home environment, can lead to stress and the development of psychological disorders. When employees are stressed, they are more likely to lash out or exhibit impatience, and nursing home abuse and neglect become increasingly common as a result.

When your loved ones are abused by nursing home or continuing care facility staff members, they may suffer physical harm, and potentially even death. They may also develop psychological issues or fearfulness as a result of the abuse, and the chance of this happening tends to rise when facility staff members become particularly overwhelmed.

In order to appropriately address the understaffing problem at American nursing homes, it is important to understand its root causes. Continuing care facilities are prone to high turnover rates, and the cost of labor at such residences are quite high. Therefore, employers may be tempted to avoid hiring highly trained nurses and medical professionals and instead rely on employees with less training, because these workers will not have to be paid as much.

This information about the understaffing problem at nursing homes is meant to be informative, but it should not be construed as legal advice. 

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