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February 7, 2016

Nursing Frustration Nation – CNA Edition

By | Advocacy, Health, Healthcare Policy | 7 Comments

Ok, friends…..I am going to rant a little.  Just a teeny tiny bit about a healthcare policy issue that is completely eating me alive.

I wish it was not an election year.  #NJGovNot4LTC

You know that I am completely incensed about Chris Christie’s Veto of the LTC safe staffing bill in NJ.  I even went so far as to write a layperson-friendly blog about what this would mean to families and patients in LTC in NJ.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the annual  Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, DC on February 26, 2015.    AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

And I can get no traction on it. NONE.  Because of the debates, the mudslinging, and the freaking super bowl.

I keep thinking about New Jersey’s terrible LTC facility rating, and all of the elderly people who would benefit by the bill being passed.. And Governor Chris Christie vetoed this bill.  He is rich and will never have to spend time in a nursing home.  He will be able to afford care at home.  What about the middle class elderly? What about the grandparents in New Jersey for god’s sake?

According to Nursing Home Report Cards, New Jersey gets a D rating in number of direct care staff.  CNA’s.  CNA’s do most of the front-line work in LTC facilities, and the staffing in NJ is terrible.

How can this man be ok with warehousing the elderly in squalor? With too few direct care staff, the elderly will sometimes be forced to soil themselves before someone can get them to the toilet.  The patients who have had strokes and need help will wait for their meals, hungry and watching other patients eat while ‘waiting their turn’ to be fed.  Bedsores, infections, falls, wounds….I could go on forever.  Why are we allowing this to happen? Hip Fractures KILL the elderly.  We need adequate staffing!

Why did Chris Christie do this to the elderly in New Jersey? It is absolutely shameful.  

Does he not understand the implications of what he has done? Has he completely failed the elderly by not doing any research or asking any experts? Is his golf buddy a LTC Facility owner? This makes absolutely no sense.  These were not lavish staffing ratios.

How can we allow this to go on in other states? What are you going to do to help our frail elderly?

This breaks my heart. Please help get the word out.





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