Frontline Nursing Home Caregivers Protest Unilateral Cuts in Staffing Hours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 9, 2011
CONTACT: Carlyn Foster

(510) 587-4528
 

Demand Restoration of Staffing Hours to Ensure Quality Care for Residents
Redding – Dedicated nursing home caregivers, residents, their family members and community activists united in protest outside of Windsor Redding Care Center calling on management to work with them to protect quality resident care.
The nursing home management’s reduction of staffing hours could limit residents’ time for exercise and physical therapy, and caregivers fear more cuts will be made.
“We work with really dependent residents–we get them sitting up in bed or out of bed, feed them and assist them in all of their activities of daily living,” said Ron Rich, a certified nursing assistant at Windsor Redding. “We want to ensure safe staffing levels are met so our residents receive the care they deserve in a timely manner–that is why we’ve made proposals to strengthen quality care.”
Cuts in staffing hours have forced CNAs and other caregivers to care for more residents causing concern for the safety and well-being of residents.
“As the day-to-day frontline caregivers for the 79 residents at Windsor Redding, we know best what kind of care and attention residents need,” said Angela Rowland, a restorative nursing assistant at Windsor Redding. “We are committed to providing the best care possible to the nursing home residents and management needs to restore staff hours.”
Windsor Redding has unilaterally cut staffing for almost all classifications at the facility in the last month including certified nursing assistants, restorative nursing, licensed vocational nurses and activities assistants.
Workers will be meeting with management on June 23 to continue negotiating a fair contract and the restoration of staff hours to ensure quality care for residents.
Worker interviews are available, contact Carlyn Foster at (510) 587-4528 for more information.

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