Connecticut’s Department of Public Health hears concerns about nursing home staffing regulations
The Department of Public Health held a hearing on Zoom Tuesday to discuss concerns on regulations of staffing requirements for nursing homes.
The state has a new requirement of three hours of care per resident per day.
Nonprofit organizations, nursing home patients and their loved ones shared their worries about the impact of these regulations on patients.
"The problem is not finding staff,” said Richard Mollot, executive director of Long Term Care Community Coalition. “The problem is retaining staff."
The Long Term Care Ombudsman program says Connecticut has one of the lowest staffing requirements in the country.
The program’s recommendation is 4.1 hours of care everyday as the minimum adequate care for seniors.