California Department of Health fails to regulate nursing home staffing levels

The Foundation Aiding the Elderly (FATE) and a daughter of a California nursing home resident have recently brought a lawsuit against Department of Human Services (DHS), alleging that their failure to regulate nursing home staffing places residents at the risk of avoidable injury or death. California state law required the DHS to issue standards setting minimum staff-to-patient ratios in nursing homes by 2003, but they still have not issued these regulations.

As we are well aware, nursing home staffing shortages are a cause of concern nationwide. With sufficient skilled nursing staff, vulnerable nursing home residents are more likely to receive attentive care and less likely to develop avoidable injuries, such as bed sores and accident injuries from falls.

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