Virginia Lawmakers Reject Setting Standards for Nursing Home Staffing

According to the Daily Press news article, The Virginia General Assembly, failed to pass for the 16th time, a proposal to set minimum staff levels for Virginia nursing homes, which are ranked among the nation’s worst for the number of patients per caregiver, a state Senate panel decided to recommend a study group instead. In the 2020 session, the Senate Health subcommittee rejected on a voice vote a proposal from state Sen. Jennifer Kiggans, that would have said nursing homes need to provide at least one direct care staffer for every six patients

The article further states that elderly Virginia nursing home residents who need help eating, showering, moving around and going to the bathroom get an average of two hours of direct care staff time a day.Erin Hines is a certified nurse assistant from the Peninsula. Hines stated that she often is assigned 20, 30 or 40 patients a shift.

Around 60 percent of the nursing homes in the Hampton Roads area reported that patients have experienced open skin wounds more often than the national average. While the same percentage of homes reported above average numbers of residents became less mobile during their stay.

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