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Nursing Home Workers: We Want to Provide Better Care

April 27, 2007

Salem, OR - As Oregon's population ages, more and more residents are needing long term care. Nursing home workers from across the state gathered in Salem Thursday to ask lawmakers to make sure those people are safe and get the best quality care. Nursing home worker Carlotta Davison says there just aren't enough trained staff to keep up with the needs of the residents.

“We cannot give them the care they deserve. These people are what made this country great. They need to have a voice, and we need to stand up for them and let their voice be heard through our voice.”

The governor's budget included more money for nursing home staff, but alternate budget proposals reduced the funding.

Davison reports that during the morning, there is one aide to every 10 residents, and that decreases during the night to one for every 25.

“You could be changing one person at the end of the hall, and you have another one crawling out of bed at the other end. There's just not enough people to be there at all those places where you're needed.”

Dondrea Warner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR