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Report: Inadequate staffing levels and low caregiver wages magnified nursing home crisis

The Nursing Home Staffing and Quality Care Act (S0002, H5012) will alleviate the staffing crisis by setting a minimum staffing standard of 4.1 hours of care per resident day while creating a living wage for caregivers and needed training opportunities.

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Raise the Bar on Resident Care has today released a new report, Crossroads of Care, Repairing Rhode Island’s Nursing Homes in the Wake of COVID-19, that examines the impact of short staffing on Rhode Island’s nursing home caregivers and residents during and prior to the pandemic and underscores the urgency of passing the The Nursing Home Staffing and Quality Care Act (S0002, H5012) immediately.

Key findings of the report include:

The Nursing Home Staffing and Quality Care Act (S0002, H5012) will alleviate the staffing crisis by setting a minimum staffing standard of 4.1 hours of care per resident day while creating a living wage for caregivers and needed training opportunities. These policies in the legislation are critical to stemming the tide of caregivers leaving the industry and protecting our state’s most vulnerable citizens against the next public health crisis. (The Senate version of the Act was passed on February 2 and now sits in the House Finance Committee with the House bill. There has been no movement on the House bill.)


Advocates from Raise the Bar on Resident Care launched the campaign to achieve safe staffing and quality resident care in nursing homes in July of 2019. The Raise the Bar Coalition includes the following partners: Senior Agenda Coalition of RI, District 1199 SEIU, RI Organizing Project, Sista Fire, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Women’s Fund, Newport Partnership for Families, Fuerza Laboral, Protect our Healthcare Coalition, R.A.M.P (Real Access Motivates Progress), Economic Progress Institute, RI AFL-CIO, and RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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