The AARP is joining the fight
against the Kill Old People Cheap Act,
scheduling a press conference tomorrow to denounce legislation to shield the nursing home industry from lawsuits for shoddy care.
"Our main concern is to improve the quality of care, rather than just putting a cap on damages so that they won't have as many lawsuits," said Margot Seay, AARP Tennessee president. "The way to prevent lawsuits is to make sure the staffing levels are adequate and residents are safe and well cared for."
Tennessee nursing home residents on average receive registered nursing care 30 minutes per day, she said. The recommended level is 45 minutes.
"If we had the appropriate level of staffing to take care of people, it stands to reason there would be fewer incidents that would result in a lawsuit," she said.