Nursing Homes Demanding Longer Shifts From Workers
A trend is being noticed and that is that nursing home patients in Faribault care centers and all around Minnesota are seeing younger and sicker patients, with staff also working longer shifts. This is resulting in nursing home workers to have to work longer shifts. It is these longer shifts that can result in neglect issues and medication errors.
While nursing homes have changed over the past two decades, they are now more resembling transitional care or rehab units. This is due to the patients changing.
No longer are nursing homes for people 80 and over. For instance, patients with dementia are getting younger. Some nursing homes are seeing patients in their 50s admitted because they have nowhere else to go. Some of these patients have alcohol-induced dementia, complications from diabetes, or they may be mentally ill.
The nursing home serves as the place that stabilizes their condition, allowing them to become rehabilitated so they can move on. For the mentally ill, getting regular medication and three meals a day can help them get back on their feet rather quickly. If they have nowhere else to go after they are rehabilitated, they tend to stay until they have a place to go.
Do Longer Shifts Leads to Increased Patient Risks?
In Faribault, there are three nursing homes and they are noticing a trend toward younger patients at their care facilities. Some of them are long-term patients with multiple chronic conditions.
In one case, a couple who had been married for 30 years started having difficulties because the wife was no longer able to take care of her husband. He became upset and this resulted in him becoming aggressive and the police getting involved. He was put in the hospital in secured lockup and then the hospital started calling her to ask her if she would take him. She did, but the doctor’s order was that he be placed in the secure memory unit of the hospital. It was found later that he had dementia and didn’t need to be locked up. The place she found him to live was an assisted living facility right across the street from her so that she could be close.
Just over the past five years, illnesses seem to have become more severe in younger people. While the home health care industry is ramping up, it is not taking away from nursing homes and assisted living facilities because of the fact some patients have nowhere to go. There are times when home health care is not enough or the condition doesn’t warrant a patient to be home. Some individuals have lost their homes because of their illnesses and their families cannot continue to take care of them.
With funding issues when it comes to nursing homes, it is difficult for them to have the staff that they need to take care of the needs of their patients. This results in long hours and nursing homes being held liable for decisions they make and the mistakes made by their staff that can cause death of a patient, severe illness or injury, or neglect that can lead to illness or injury.
Longer Shifts Can Put Residents at Risk – Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
If you have concerns about any form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.