Dangers of Understaffing at Oregon Nursing Homes

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Understanding the Dangers of Understaffing at Oregon Nursing Homes: Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Explain


Understaffing at Oregon nursing homes is a serious problem.  In general, research has shown that understaffing and inadequate staffing at nursing homes is a serious problem throughout the United States.  Federal research reveals that understaffing at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other rehabilitation centers correlates with a lower standard of care while higher staffing levels correlate with a higher standard of care.  This is concerning because federal research also found that 7 out of 10 nursing homes had lower staffing levels than they actually reported and these levels were considered “dangerously low.”  Not only do these lower staffing levels can result in less appropriate care and treatment, but our Portland nursing home abuse lawyers also know the risk for significant Oregon nursing home abuse and malpractice also increases.


Common Causes of Understaffing at Oregon Nursing Homes


The most common cause of understaffing at Oregon nursing homes is a simple one; money.  Salary and payroll is the highest expense for most nursing homes.  This means that by cutting staff shifts or staffs entirely, nursing homes can safe considerable amount of money.  As such, nursing home administrators can make more money by cutting corners.  Even though federal regulations and guidelines require these staff members, reports find that nursing home are reporting much higher staffing levels than they actually have.  


There are many other common causes of understaffing at Oregon nursing homes, including some of the following:


  • Illnesses going around in nursing homes and outside like the flu, colds, or other conditions
  • Overall understaffing or low employment
  • Poor work conditions
  • Over-accepting residents
  • Administrative inefficiencies 
  • Bad staff who call out
  • Poor management, and 
  • Many other common causes.


Dangers of Understaffing at Oregon Nursing Homes


There are many dangerous of understaffing at nursing homes which could result in serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one.  Our Portland nursing home abuse lawyers know how dangerous and deadly this can be.  Some of the worst damages from understaffing at nursing homes includes the following:


  • Physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and financial abuse due to no supervision
  • Less staff means less caregivers to residents who need help
  • Failure to supervise residents who are fall risks or risks for eloping and wandering who could get in trouble
  • Fewer staff members means less residents to check on residents and evaluate them for infection or bedsores
  • Neglect of resident needs like hygiene and food
  • Delays in treating residents who need help
  • Less checks on residents
  • Delays in changing or replacing wound bandages
  • Less time spent with rehabilitation efforts after surgery, and
  • Other dangers.


In addition to these dangerous, less staff means that other residents, guests, and even staff members could cause serious personal injuries to residents through abuse or other forms of misconduct including criminal offenses.  The old adage when the cat is away the mice will play is a perfect example of what could happen at nursing homes due to understaffing.


Did a Loved One Suffer Injured in an Oregon Nursing Home?  Let Us Take a Look at Why


Understaffing is not always easy to identify because most nursing homes hide their figures and numbers.  Nor will nursing homes admit this mistake.  This is why an aggressive Portland nursing home abuse lawyer is needed to investigate the claim.


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect contact the Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Nursing Home Abuse cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

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