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Too many patients, too few caregivers

Thank goodness the “for profit” Skilled Nursing Facility and Fallbrook Hospital have been reprimanded for their lack of adequate staffing to provide acceptable care to patients! The undertrained, inexperienced caregivers hamper the real professionals’ ability to administer proper care.

There are too many patients for too few caregivers (i.e. one RN for every eight patients). Both the Skilled Nursing Facility and the hospital are guilty of this unacceptable situation.

Anyone who has been treated at a nonprofit facility (Scripps Hospital) knows the difference. Community Health Systems is obviously only interested in making money. How about getting a new group to run these facilities? Doesn’t Fallbrook deserve the best or at least better care?

The story about the man falling out of bed was identical to what happened to my 92-year-old husband in April, but luckily he didn’t require surgery! Same scenario – no bed alarm, no extra mattress on the floor, no attendant sitter, etc., and they had been fully notified of my husband’s history of getting out of bed. His 96-year-old roommate hobbled down to the nurse’s station to get help because the call for help light/alarm was not responded to.

I would suggest that you take a poll of people in Fallbrook who have had similar experiences in the past. I think you would be shocked to hear some of the stories I have been hearing since my husband’s passing in May.

Thank you for publishing these shameful facts and making them public; perhaps things will change for the better.


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