Dear Brothers & Sisters:
We all want to trust that the loved ones we place in nursing homes will be cared for as we ourselves would care for them. That kind of care takes time and, when it’s rushed, the residents’ lives and overall well-being are in danger. Insufficient staffing puts workers at risk as well. Many residents need significant assistance from caretakers, including physical lifting and turning.
In 2015, for a substantially smaller resident population, Californians invested in nursing home care. Yet despite some progress, the number of direct care hours for each resident–the key to quality care–continues to lag below federal standards. This puts too many seniors and people with severe disabilities at risk of falls, pressure sores, and other avoidable injuries.
Running from room to room, responding to repeating call lights, lifting and turning patients without assistance, and never feeling like there’s enough time for each resident leads to high turnover rates for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in California. The turnover rate for CNAs in California nursing homes is 46%, or almost twice as high as the national average in the health industry. To properly care for nursing home residents, California needs to retain its current and future workforce.
Call and tweet at the following legislators and ask that they support the State Budget Proposal to improve nursing home care for residents and working standards for workers:
We need your support now more than ever.
Provisional President, SEIU Local 2015