A serious understaffing problem is permeating many of America's nursing homes and continuing care facilities, and it may be placing your loved ones at risk. When nursing homes do not have enough staff members to comfortably cater to all residents and handle all necessary tasks, the quality of care tends to suffer, which can lead to nursing home abuse or neglect, among other issues. Nursinghomeabuseguide.org reports that more than 90 percent of the nation's nursing homes are understaffed, and there are a number of reasons this is the case.
Appleton, Wisconsin residents may have been among those following the story of a 57-year-old woman who checked into a San Francisco hospital for a bladder infection and then vanished. The woman's body was found after 18 days in a little-used stairwell at the hospital, which left her family and friends angrily wondering if negligence tantamount to medical malpractice was to blame in her death.