California Nursing Home Workers Meet with State Senators to Advocate for Bill that Mandates Safe Staffing Levels at Nursing Home Facilities

AB 2079 addresses the subpar care at skilled nursing facilities

SACRAMENTO, CA – Last month, Assembly Bill (AB) 2079, authored by Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and sponsored by SEIU Local 2015, passed the State Assembly with bi-partisan support. Today, California nursing home workers continue their efforts, under the Caregivers Count campaign banner, in the State Senate where a bill similar to AB 2079 died last year.

“Understaffing at nursing homes causes injuries to residents and to staff. Safe staffing saves lives and prevents injuries. This bill will ensure that California’s recent increases in nursing home payments result in actual improvements to quality care. We urge Senators to get on the right side of this debate and support AB 2079,” said Laphonza Butler, Provisional President of SEIU Local 2015.

Current staff requirements for Skilled Nursing Facilities do not meet the direct care needs of nursing home residents. At 3.2 nursing hours per resident day (hprd), California falls far short of the federally recommended 4.1 hprd. This prevents CNAs from providing the quality care their patients need and causes an unsafe environment because caregivers have to rush from patient to patient, at times only spending 15 – 30 minutes with them. Nursing home residents deserve better.

Video: Why AB 2079 is important to California’s seniors and disabled:

Our love ones in nursing homes deserve quality care. A new bill, #AB2079 seeks to improve direct care staffing levels that gives patients and workers the dignity they deserve. #CaregiversCount

Posted by SEIU Local 2015 on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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June 22nd, 2016