A bill has cleared the state senate on Wednesday relating to nursing home staffing. If signed into law, it would provide important information to both residents and their families.
The goal here is to make nursing home operations more transparent for everyone who is part of the care process and hopefully ease any concerns.
You may be wondering what this bill means for you if you have a family member in a nursing home. It would require each facility to calculate on a daily basis the number of nurses and aides providing direct care.
That staffing information would then have to be posted somewhere that’s visible to residents, employees, and visitors. In theory, a family member can see the staffing to patient ratio to see if their loved one is getting appropriate care or not.
Before this bill passed the Senate, Republicans tried to make some amendments to the bill, which failed. One of which was a one percent rate increase to nursing homes, which are facing a potential strike.
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Democrats say that will be taken care of in the budget.
Roughly 2,500 nursing home workers are threatening to walk off the job by June 3. Workers want a four percent pay hike this year and next year, but the governor’s current budget proposal doesn’t have money for those increases.
As for the bill that passed on Wednesday, that now moves on to the House for a vote. If it passes, it will end up on the governor’s desk for his signature.
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