Caregivers to hold rally at state house Tuesday to push lawmakers to pass bill on nursing home staffing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Later today, caregivers will push lawmakers to pass legislation on nursing home staffing at a rally for change at the State House.

Raise the Bar, is asking for a raise in caregiver wages, to entice state to stay, and seeks regulations for the amount of time a resident receives care.

Nurses say without enough staff, elderly residents aren’t getting the care they deserve.

Adanjesus Marin, Coordinator, Raise the Bar said, “There’s no question that the quality of life of residents at nursing homes is greatly impacted, by the amount of staffing and care they are able to receive. When caretakers can’t have enough time to give them one on one personal care, residents suffer.”

The legislation would establish a minimum standard of 4.1 hours of resident care per day, secure funding to raise wages, and invest in training and skills enhancement for caregivers.

Tuesday’s rally starts at 4:00 p.m. outside the State House. Hundreds of caregivers are expected to show up.

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