In order to assure that nursing home patients are adequately cared for, some states such as California have legislated minimum hours of care provided to patients on a daily basis. While the number is of course somewhat arbitrary and varies substantially from patient to patient, the patient care requirements do provide somewhat of a floor with respect to minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes.
In other words, the minimum daily time requirements really translate to the number of staff nursing home owners must hire to legally operate their facilities.
A class action lawsuit filed in California against Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc., alleges that corporation failed to provide patients at their facilities with the minimum staffing levels set forth in California law.
According to Michael Thamer, a lawyer representing the nursing home patients in this case, "The message from he top is simple: state beneath the budget." Thamer goes on to say, "This corporate greed is what has kept the defendant from adequately staffing their facilities."
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Class Action Lawsuit Against Skilled Healthcare Seeks Damages For Chronic Understaffing Of Nursing Homes