Critical State’ Hospital Protocol Could Make Nursing Home Situation Worse, Says Union Rep

If people waiting in hospital for a nursing home bed get moved to an understaffed nursing home, their level of care and quality of life could decrease, says the head of the union for nursing homes. (Roger Cosman/CBC)

A new protocol that gives priority for nursing home beds to people waiting for them in a “critical state” hospital may only be shifting the problem instead of fixing it and could actually make things worse, says an advocate for staff.

If people get moved into nursing homes that are understaffed, it “potentially could put them in more harm’s way,” said Sharon Teare, president of the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions.

In addition, the new protocol could become an incentive for people to try to get their loved one into a hospital to “jump the queue” and get them into a nursing home sooner, she said.

Read More at / Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon · CBC News

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