Staff to patient ratios in long term care facilities

Staff to patient ratios in long term care facilities

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Megan Whitaker started this petition to Dr Kristina Box and

I have been working in healthcare for over 10yrs and now I also have a grandmother who lives in a long term care facility.  It’s a tough decision to make when putting a loved one into a facility, but what is not told upon entry is the staff to patient ratio. That is because Indiana currently has no laws requiring it. Often times you have 1 nursing assistant per 20 residents. 15 out of the 20 residents are fully dependent on the staff to bathe, dress, toilet, transfer to a wheel chair, to be fed, etc. The proper care can not be done on your family members with that ratio. Which increases the risks for falls, skin breakdown, infections, and the list can go on.

Often times that I have visited and check on my grandmother I have found her in a complete urine soaked bed. Where her clothes and all bed linens had to be changed. During those times there were only 2 nursing assistants for the 40 residents in the facility. That is not acceptable for anybody’s family member to be subjected to. But the reality is this happens more frequently than what anyone realizes. Ask yourself how many times as the above situation happened without anyone knowing.

Patient to staff ratios is vital to keep our elderly safe and well taken care of. With these ratios the staff will be able to take the time that is necessary to care for our loved ones now and in the future. If we don’t demand staff to patient ratios our family members will not be taken care of to the standards that are already set in place. It’s time we take action. 

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