Nursing Homes May See New Staffing Requirements In One State

One state may enact new laws requiring minimum staffing levels for nursing home facilities. The legislative vote will come after hearing testimony from nurse aides in support of the law. “We have patients who don’t sleep at all,” said one nurse. “You are with someone and then you have to leave to help somebody else, and by the time you get there, somebody might be lying on the floor. You don’t have time for any extras — to just sit with someone who wants someone with them."

The law would call for specific nurse aide/patient ratios. "Without a minimum standard, there really isn’t any way to make sure that some facilities aren’t trying to get away with as little staff as possible,” said one of the bill's sponsors. Nursing home owners are speaking out against the law with concerns the staffing ratios are too high. For more, read the story