Q Why are some nursing homes understaffed?
AMany nursing homes and assisted living facilities are owned and operated by for-profit corporations. One of the largest overhead expenses is the cost of hiring, training, and retaining professional staff to care for the residents. A nursing home corporation's choice to keep staffing costs low will increase its profits. That choice also results in inadequate number of staff, inadequately trained staff, and a very high turnover rate among the staff-which means poor care for the residents.
Even worse, there is no minimum level of staffing in Virginia nursing homes, so corporate for-profit nursing homes do not have a magic number they must meet.