Nursing home abuse and neglect is something that many people worry about. They worry that they'll put their loved one into a nursing home and later find that they've been hurt as a result of that decision.
The good news for people in Connecticut is that staffing ratios are typically good in nursing homes, according to a new news report. The state is known for having high standards for its nursing homes, and approximately 48% of the homes do have a four- or five-star rating for staffing.
There are still poorly staffed nursing homes in the state
While the above is good news, the problem is that there are still 39 nursing homes that have only earned one or two stars for their staffing levels. With minimal staffing, these are the facilities that are more likely to have patients suffer injuries due to neglect.
Across the country, 1,638 nursing homes received one-star ratings due to their staffing ratios. Why does that matter? It could mean that a single nurse is trying to take care of an entire ward, which is nearly impossible. Nurses are human, and the more patients they have, the more likely it is that they'll have to make decisions about who needs treatment the most. This can result in calls going unanswered and patients being left without the support they need each day.
If your loved one is hurt in a nursing home, it's possible to file a personal injury claim. This claim could help them get the compensation they need to move into a better facility and treat their injuries.