Tallahassee Democrat – Letter to the Editor: Make staffing levels a nursing home priority

September 18, 2011

With the severe budget cuts to Florida’s health care programs, our seniors have truly paid the price.

The reports of abuse, neglect and increased rates of infection in our nursing homes and assisted living facilities are daunting. We are pleased to see that there will be efforts to improve oversight, especially with the heavy patient loads health care workers are carrying.

Inadequate staffing levels can lead to senseless pain and suffering. Safe staffing levels must be a priority to ensure residents have enough bedside care to have some level of quality in their final years of life.

Our seniors deserve at least that much.

BARBARA A. DEVANE
badevane1@yahoo.com

Original Letter Available Here:

http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20110804/OPINION02/108040306/Letters-editor

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