The National Association of Health Care Assistants has come forward to support a bill that would require minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes. The organization disclosed its support of the bill named the Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act.
The bill requires facilities to disclose their nurse staffing levels, and implement administrative staffing requirements and whistleblower and resident protections. Facilities could be subject to up to $10,000 in fines per day for noncompliance under the proposal.
“No longer shall we accept being understaffed as a standard practice, all while claiming quality care is being provided. The needs of the residents are not being met and one reason is because sufficient staffing is not a requirement,” Dane Henning, NAHCA’s director of public policy, said in a statement. “We are in the business of taking care of humans with humans; how can this not be the most important aspect, the paramount characteristic in providing quality care,” he added.
“There are many aspects to recruiting and retaining staff, in which NAHCA have become experts; however, there really is no incentive for providers to do so. Unlike those that oppose, NAHCA supports this staffing bill, with or without funding. This is necessary in providing quality care and is a given in this line of work. This bill does not arrive a second too soon,” Henning added.
As a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer, we see first hand how short-staffing affects the resident’s quality of care. I hope that the bill can get passed and signed into law.