Mandate aged care staff/resident ratios in New York State. Stop the neglect

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With no mandated staff resident ratios in aged care facilities across New York State our elders are at risk of neglect.

We require the government to mandate staff/ resident ratios for all aged care facilities across New York, to protect our elders, to keep them safe from neglect and to be cared for with  dignity and respect in the manner they deserve.  

In many aged care homes across New York it is not unusual for one staff member to care for 20 or more  residents, this is particularly dangerous at night with residents waiting  for long periods to receive the care they urgently need by overstretched carers and nurses who feel that they can never get the job done.

There are mandated staffing levels in child care centres, kindergartens, schools and hospitals. They cater for people with different levels of need in different locations. Why should vulnerable frail, older people miss out on this protection?

As with childcare, mandated staff resident ratios for aged care facilities across New York are imperative for the protection and care of our valuable, vulnerable elderly citizens.