High turnover rates in nursing homes represent a significant factor in cases of elder abuse, and currently85.8 percent of nursing homes suffer from high certified nursing assistant (CNA) turnover, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2010, the NIH estimated that high turnover rates cost nursing homes about $167,063 a year.
The best nursing homes employ caregivers who can build long-lasting relationships with their patients. Without that connection, caregivers and CNAs can burn out and quit, leaving residents without the comfort they deserve at this stage in their life. After all, long-term exposure to the people you work with, in any capacity, helps you deliver the best results on a consistent basis. Unfortunately, high turnover rates at nursing homes mean their staff creates a revolving door of new faces who never quite settle into their profession.
Relationships aside, high turnover rates can result in inexperienced or downright negligent staff being assigned to care for the home’s residents. The less time the employee spends at the nursing home, they lose the capability to handle the day-to-day necessities that the residents need. Further, rushing through the hiring process to replace staff members can result in the unqualified employees hired, thus continuing the cycle of negligence. The reason for the high turnover rate can vary and usually signal inadequacies at all levels of the care facility.
Potential Reasons for a High Turnover Rate
The reasons for a high turnover rate in a nursing home can depend on underlying issues with the structure of the business. If the company does it’s part to properly investigate its employees before hiring, the nursing home can avoid these issues. Some factors that may further contribute to the high turnover situation include:
- Poor background checks for job candidates.
- Issues with the management or the way the company runs.
- Insufficient salaries.
- The nature of the work and the emotional toll it can take.
- Poor communication among the staff.
- Inexperienced staff members.
- Criminal charges against staff members.
Other reasons for understaffing and high turnover may play a role as well.
Effects of High Turnover of Nursing Home Staff
In a line of work as sensitive as nursing home care, the staff not only needs experience with the basic tenets of medicine but also the ability to give emotional support to their residents. Nursing homes should provide a place where residents can live out what should classify as a peaceful period in their lives. As they reach an age when they cannot properly care for themselves anymore, the staff needs to include individuals equipped to excel in their delicate position.
When nursing homes fail to meet these requirements, the nursing home can quickly run through a wide array of employees. This creates an atmosphere of instability, which may then spread throughout the care facility at every level. The effects of high turnover rates can include, but are not limited to:
- A failure to maintain important worker-resident relationships to keep residents in good spirits.
- Staff’s inability to properly understand the intricate needs of individual residents.
- Residents not receiving proper medical care.
- Inexperienced staff.
- Improper cleaning techniques, which may result in the spread of viruses or diseases.
- Residents who suffer from dementia or other memory-loss conditions remaining confused by the constant revolving door of staffers.
- Residents feeling emotionally mistreated by staffers who do not know their unique personalities.
- Staff’s inability to properly learn the systems needed for care.
Without dedicated staff members, the quality of care in nursing homes decreases.
Nursing Home Lawyers by Your Side
When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you face one of the hardest choices you ever make. You should have the ability to rest easy, knowing that caregivers will provide adequate care. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse can occur, especially in understaffed facilities, according to the NIH. Even the loss of one or two employees can make a major difference in the level of care delivered to the home’s residents. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm wants to help.
If your loved one suffered any form of physical injury, mental anguish, or another form of negligence at the hands of nursing home staff, we would love to speak with you. Our lawyers may help protect your right to compensation so your loved one can move on with their life in confidence. To find out more, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 842-6336 for your free consultation.