Poor Working Conditions for Nursing Home Employees

Poor work conditions represents one of the most significant hurdles facing nursing home residents today. Workers who lack job satisfaction and who feel a sense that the management company is not providing them the support they need simply cannot deliver the level of care that our elderly deserve. When conditions reach a critical level, workers will literally leave the job. This happened as recently as August of this year at a Veterans home in Menlo Park, New Jersey. A union representative noted “people don’t want to come to work anymore, it’s so bad…we just want to be able to do our job in peace.” One worker claimed that she was on suspension for utilizing six work days, even though her contract authorized fifteen sick days. This represents a classic example of management failing to protect nursing home residents through fair and equitable treatment of its own employees.
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