CAREGIVERS RESISTING STAFF CUTS

CAREGIVERS RESISTING STAFF CUTS

TALLAHASSEE — Caregivers in 40 nursing homes in Florida announced they delivered signatures from 3,000 workers to nursing home administrators urging them to keep bedside staffing levels in place and ignore a roll-back required under a law passed by the Legislature.
The roll-back, which the group dubbed a serious threat to the health and safety of elderly and disabled nursing home residents, became effective when the state’s 2011-2012 budget took effect July 1.

“We are taking matters into our own hands because we are extremely concerned about the serious consequences that rolling back staffing levels will have for our residents,” Sharon Small, a 30-year certified nursing assistant, said in a statement announcing the move.

Small, who has worked at Lake Mary Health and Rehabilitation Center in Seminole County for 10 years, said lawmakers who voted for this roll-back “may not care about holding the bar high, but we do. We want our employers to join us in doing whatever it takes to make sure nursing home residents receive quality care,”

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