About The Staff
This area shows the average number of staff hours worked each day by RNs, LPNs/LVNs and CNAs divided by the number of residents.
This is a good measure of the trained medical staff available, on average, for comparison purposes. The number of hours worked per patient is a relative statistic for comparison between different homes as well as County and State averages.
Although more hours per patient should mean better care, there are no measures for the individual care received by any given patient and the quality of care provided may be more a factor of training and dedication than the number of hours worked.
Each nursing home reports the staffing hours for a two-week period prior to the time of the state inspection.
Hours per resident per day is the average amount of hours worked divided by the total number of residents. It does not necessarily show the number of nursing staff present at any given time, or reflect the amount of care given to any one resident.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires nursing homes to have enough staff to give adequate care to all residents. There is no current federal standard for optimal nursing staff levels, although federal law requires all nursing homes to provide enough staff to adequately care for residents. The nursing home must have at least one RN for at least 8 straight hours a day, 7 days a week and either an RN or LPN/LVN on duty 24 hours per day. Certain states may have additional staffing requirements.
These numbers are for reference only. Some nursing homes might require more nursing staff due to the conditions of their residents and other factors such as whether the nursing home has special care units.
Please refer to our Nursing Home Checklist for questions that can help you evaluate the nursing homes you visit. You should also look at the State Inspection Deficiencies below, particularly any Quality of Life or Quality of Care deficiencies.
Reference: The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare