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Nursing homes don't have enough staff to meet residents' needs, survey says

Coverage of aging is supported in part by AARP Arizona

A recent report from a national nursing home resident advocacy group found that a majority of residents surveyed say their facility lacked adequate staff to meet their needs.

It was a smaller survey: Only 120 nursing home residents from across the US responded to a survey by the Consumer Voice, an advocacy group that focuses on resident rights.

Still, more than 80% of respondents said their facilities lacked the necessary staff to meet care needs and that understaffing affects them daily or several times a week.

Questions included things like: Do you wait longer than you’d like to get out of bed in the mornings or how often are your meals late?

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, staffing shortages plagued long-term care facilities. Low wages, a lack of benefits and a lack of career advancement opportunities are some reasons why.

Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.