In Quality of Life Assessment of Nursing Homes, Staff Important

When it comes time to place a loved one in a nursing home that decision and the process of finding the best place can be time consuming and emotionally draining. Placing the care of someone you love completely in the hands of others is not easy for most to do. Regardless, in many situations it is the best way to ensure that someone who cannot take care of themselves due to illness or old age, has what he or she needs.

To ensure that a loved one’s new home provides everything they need residents of Connecticut spend a lot of time looking for the right care facility. There are many factors that contribute to a good environment and a study recently published in Research on Aging focuses on some of those factors. Rather than focusing on the quality of care provided by a facility it looks instead and the quality of life residents experience.

The study, which was based on a survey of residents of the state of Minnesota, specifically focused on six components to QOL:

  • Social engagement.
  • Satisfaction with the environment.
  • Positive mood.
  • Negative mood.
  • Food enjoyment.
  • Personal attention from staff.

The overall takeaway is that facilities where staffing was focused upon fared better. The staffing referred to not only registered nurses but activity staff as well.

Proper nursing home staffing could do more than just provide a better quality of life for residents it could also reduce injuries due to neglect. While in some cases neglect is willful, other times it is the result of inadequate staffing.

Regardless of the reason for a resident’s injury, loved ones may decide to take legal action against the facility. For the best possible outcome in such cases, working with a lawyer who handles these specific types of cases is advisable.

Source: University of Minnesota, “Staffing is key to predicting nursing home quality of life,” Aug. 12, 2014

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