How to fix Gadsden Correctional Facility’s problem with its beds
Gadsens correctional facility is struggling to meet demand for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities.
The facility’s contracted staffing has dwindled from 20 to 15, but the shortage is becoming more pronounced.
A recent report from the state Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) found that the Gadsen Correctional facility had a nursing home vacancy rate of 4.7 percent, down from 8.4 percent last year.
That means the facility is currently short 3,818 beds for nursing, skilled nursing and other nursing facilities, according to DRS.
The department says that as of last week, the facility was short 1,095 beds for skilled nursing.
“The staffing shortages are a challenge for all correctional facilities across the state,” said a statement from the DRS in response to the state’s recent report.
“We want to provide the most qualified staff possible to meet the needs of our clients and the state.”
The state’s shortage of nursing beds is a concern for both the Galsdens and Gadsenburg families.
As of last month, the Gagsdens had the most vacant nursing beds in the state with more than 8,000, according the Gatsens’ lawsuit.
The Gadss’ lawsuit says that their home is not equipped to meet a nursing staffing needs of 20 or more nursing beds.
The suit also claims that the facility’s lack of nursing facilities has impacted their families’ lives, including the loss of a caregiver and a home-visitation program.
The lawsuit asks for an unspecified amount of damages.
“I’m going to be a bit emotional when we get it,” said Graceville resident Linda Tippett.
As for the DRCS’ findings, the agency says it is reviewing its staffing system to make sure it meets state staffing standards. “
It’s a very tough thing to have to deal with.”
As for the DRCS’ findings, the agency says it is reviewing its staffing system to make sure it meets state staffing standards.
The DRCs staffing requirements are based on a “proportionate staffing model” that takes into account a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the number of people employed by the facility, the need for specialized training and supervision of nursing, the ability of staff members to maintain their competency while working in a community, the availability of nursing homes, the amount of beds available, and the cost of operating a facility.
The agency also says it has developed guidelines for its staffing requirements.
“Staffing should be based on need and not on what is the most cost-effective,” said DRC spokesman Eric Miller.
“When staffing is not based on the needs and resources of the community, we find that it is not being delivered in a manner that meets the needs.
This can be an area where there are some deficiencies in staffing.”
Miller said that the Drs report is still being reviewed and is expected to be released in the coming months.
The issue is expected back in court next month.