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Better Training will Help Reduce Falls

Part Three of the Minneapolis-Star Tribune’s fall expose discussed how more staffing will be able to help reduce falls. In today’s nursing homes inadequate staffing is a common complaint from employees, industry watchers and families with loved ones in nursing homes. More than 1,000 residents from a state suffered fall-related deaths in nursing homes from 2002 to 2008. One sociologist who has done numerous studies on nursing home staffing believes that inadequate staffing and falls are completely related. This is especially true at night, when nursing home residents are up yet the facilities are short staffed. Also, nursing home aides are paid such small salaries that do not attract more workers. State inspectors need to cite nursing homes for short staffing in order to change this nursing home epidemic. To read the final part of the fall expose, please click the link.

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