Mandatory Staff Hours & Better High-Acuity Care May Improve QOL In LTC Facilities

According to recently published research findings, nursing home staffing patterns and admission trends are some of the most important factors driving residents’ quality-of-life over time. For nursing homes that show declining or mixed results in quality-of-life measures over time, increasing staff activity hours seem to make a significant positive difference. In nursing homes that are already improving on quality-of-life indicators, registered nurse hours per resident has a positive association with quality-of-life. Researchers believe that higher-performing facilities may be more adept at engaging RNs with residents on a personal level and that these facilities may also have a higher number of RN hours to begin, allowing nurses to facilitate activities and engagement on a greater extent. On the other hand, declining facilities were associated with more acute resident populations, suggesting a “decreasing capacity to handle more severe case mix over time.”

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