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Labor unions praise Biden's plan to boost staffing at nursing homes

President Biden promised a major overhaul of nursing home care in his 2022 State of the Union address due to the horror stories during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new proposed staffing standards for nursing homes have been unveiled, receiving mixed reactions from advocates and criticism from the long-term care industry. Click here for article.

  • Labor unions like AFL-CIO and SEIU have praised the proposed standards, emphasizing the need for safer working conditions for nursing home workers.

  • The proposed standards include:

  • Having at least one registered nurse available 24/7.

  • Guaranteeing each patient 33 minutes of a nurse's time per day.

  • Providing every resident with about 2.5 hours of a certified nursing assistant's care daily.

  • Maintaining a ratio of at least one certified nursing assistant for every 10 residents.

  • These measures would require over 75% of nursing homes in the U.S. to hire additional staff, which the nursing home industry argues is unfeasible due to a shortage of healthcare workers.

  • Nonprofit nursing homes, already at a competitive disadvantage compared to for-profit chains, fear the mandates could lead to closures.

  • Some lawmakers, including Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett, criticize the proposal for being weak and inadequate in improving care quality and addressing mistreatment of nursing home staff.

  • However, organizations like AARP welcome the move towards enforceable standards, citing the deadly consequences of poor-quality care in nursing homes.

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