Is Nursing Home Staff Retention and Resident Longevity Related?

One nursing home has five residents over the age of 100 who have all lived in the same nursing home for several years. What do they have in common? All of the residents were assisted by employees that worked at the nursing home for 20 years. Turnover and the impact on residents in nursing homes have been greatly researched. One study found that when there is a loss of administrator there are increasing pressure ulcers, resident catheters and the use of psychoactive drugs. There are also more deficiencies and citations. This could occur because when the administrator leaves the normal turnover of staff doubles. The turnover for administrators in assisted living facilities ranges from 43%-70% annually. This results in increasing workloads for the remaining staff. It is evident that turnover weakens nursing homes and affects residents. In order to keep staff longevity staff must value their relationships. This will obviously help decrease nursing home negligence. To see the full results of the study, please click the link.

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