Nursing homes, long-term care facilities and other elder facilities have a legal obligation to provide each resident with quality care.
Widespread Problem of Understaffing in Texas Nursing Homes
More than 70% of nursing homes in Texas are for-profit entities. The facility owners and management teams believe that their profit bottom line can be increased by keeping staffing levels low and salaries down. Turnover is high in the industry because of low wages and inadequate benefits. Overworked, stressed, and poorly motivated employees in these facilities are tasked with providing care to elderly residents with inadequate resources.
Many nursing homes have difficulty finding certified and trained staff. They attempt to make up the difference by offering overtime to their existing employees. While there is more money involved in overtime, it also leads to burnout. In certain Texas nursing homes, employees end up working 12-hour shifts.
Nursing home neglect and abuse is often the direct result of overworked and stressed employees that are unable to deal with the increased workload. The staff-to-resident ratio is not mandated by Medicare, which means the employees are often left scrambling to keep up with their multiple caregiving duties.