Hi everyone, I've been sneaking a peak for over a year, but have finally decided to join you! I have a question for any of you who have relatives in care homes? What is the norm for staffing levels in Care homes? It's just I'm concerned that the home that Mum's in is understaffed and an accident is just waiting to happen! Mum is in a care home which is split into 4 units, mum has 9 other residents with her with varying levels of dementia and mobility. I visit every other Sunday and my sister who lives very close visits almost every day. The unit only ever has 1 member of staff which I feel isn't enough, I'm concerned that if anything was to happen in the lounge (a fall or heart attack) and the staff member was somewhere else with a resident (bathroom or bedroom?), who would raise the alarm! I actually asked this on Sunday and the team leader informed me that they trust that my Mum would come and inform the staff member as she has the least severe dementia!
I was gobsmacked by this answer and rang the manager on Monday with my concerns - I am still waiting for her to get back to me.
Any help appreciated,