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Two New Podcast Episodes on How Inadequate Staffing Affects Quality of Life and Care

April 06, 2023

In these two episodes of the Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care podcast, we are sharing audio from two of Consumer Voice’s webinars that were part of the Dignity for All: Staffing Standards Now! campaign. Through this campaign, Consumer Voice is advocating for a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes.

Episode 30: Quality Jobs, Quality Care

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The implementation of a minimum staffing standard would not only protect nursing home residents it would address the long-standing job quality problems that plague nursing homes. On average, nursing home staff turnover is 52% each year, which is the result of low-wages, poor benefits, inadequate training, and little opportunity for job growth. The burden of providing essential and critical care falls largely on women, a majority of whom are women of color, while they are treated poorly by nursing home owners and operators.

In this episode, you will hear a conversation with Consumer Voice and several direct care workers, also members of the Service Employees International Union, who discuss what it is like to work in an understaffed facility and what a minimum staffing standard would mean to direct care staff in nursing homes. View the webinar slides.

Episode 31: Resident Voices on How Staffing Impacts Their Lives

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This discussion highlighted the experiences of long-term care residents as they shared, in their own words, how living in a facility with inadequate staffing affects their quality of life and the quality of care that they receive, and what it would mean for their lives to live in a facility with enough staff. View the webinar slides.

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