Health & Wellness
Researchers suggest link between staff working conditions and quality of care for residents in Western Canadian nursing homes.
Improving working conditions for care aides could be a low-cost way to cut down on missed and rushed tasks and improve overall quality of care for residents in Canadian nursing homes, according to a new study led by University of Alberta nursing researchers.
The researchers interviewed 4,016 care aides in 93 randomly selected private and publicly funded nursing homes in Manitoba, Alberta and B.C. The aides, who deliver up to 90 per cent of the care for residents, were asked whether they had missed or rushed any essential tasks—including taking residents for a walk, talking with residents, mouth care, helping residents use the toilet, bathing, feeding, dressing and preparing for bed—during their most recent shift due to a lack of time.
Fifty-seven per cent of aides reported missing at least one task and 65 per cent reported rushi...