In a September 2014 report, Families for Better Care, a nationwide nursing home watchdog organization, gave New York an overall grade of an F in nursing home care– putting it at 45th out of the 50 states.
- Families for Better Care highlighted the need for adequate staffing stating, “[This report card] reinforces what we discovered last year, and that’s more staffing translates into better care for residents.”
- A major underlying cause of poor care in nursing homes is inadequate staffing. Every day caregivers in New York are tasked with providing the best quality care, assisting residents with bathing, eating, mobility, and administering medication. Adequate staffing levels allow caregivers to center care on the resident, know their needs, and observe when residents are acting unusually–possibly signifying a medical or other problem.
- Inadequate staffing levels force direct care workers to split their time between more residents, reducing the time each resident receives, and ultimately undermining the person-centered care New York strives to achieve.
We are nearly 18,000 nursing home workers standing up for safe staffing and quality care. We are nurses, certified nursing assistants, housekeepers, dietary workers, therapy assistants, transporters and more. We provide care at nearly 160 nursing homes every borough of New York City, on Long Island and in Westchester County.