Nursing homes should be a comfortable and safe place where you can confidently leave your loved one to get the care that he or she needs. Unfortunately, that is not often the case with reports of bad nursing home situations constantly coming out. This is often due to a large scale failure within the system. Nursing homes in Alabama are not meeting standards for many reasons, and it is negatively affecting the residents.

To really understand why nursing homes are failing, you have to take a look at the issues they face. Most often, they cannot keep up with standards because of a few key problems. Forbes notes that taking care of the issues within the system can help to greatly reduce problems with neglect and abuse.

The issues

One of the biggest issues facing nursing homes is a lack of staff. Not being able to find qualified workers or workers at all leaves these places understaffed. When this happens, it makes it incredibly difficult to provide a high level of care.

Behind this problem is the poor pay structure. Workers often make low wages, many around minimum wage. For all the work required and the difficulty of the job, this simply is not enough for many people to want to take the job, and if they do, it makes it difficult to motivate them and hold them to high standards.

The results

As a result of not having enough workers or having workers who really do not care about their job, nursing homes are not run properly. They lack basic functions, such as ensuring rooms are clean, monitoring patients to prevent accidents and providing adequate general care. This leads to injuries and even deaths.

The state of the nursing home system is a country-wide problem. Until something changes, especially in regards to staffing, it will be very difficult for these places to become the home they are supposed to be for our nation’s elderly.