In geriatric nursing homes in Germany, around 120,000 additional nursing staff are required to reduce the high workload and ensure adequate care. This is the result of an opinion of the University of Bremen on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health, which is available to the editorial network Germany (RND) . According to this, the number of nurses must be increased by 36 percent from currently around 320,000 to 440,000.

The experts estimate that the additional staff will cost around four billion euros a year, according to the RND . The report is to be officially presented this Tuesday. The experts around the nursing scientist Heinz Rothgang calculated for the first time on a scientific basis the personnel key required in nursing homes.

Working conditions result in poor care quality

According to the RND report, the report states that the majority of nursing staff are overworked. This not only leads to increased sick leave, but also to more part-time work and an early exit from the job. The unfavorable working conditions also resulted in poorer quality of care.

In order to meet the growing need for skilled workers due to the increasing number of people in need of care, working conditions in home care would have to be significantly improved. "The most important instrument for this is to raise the nursing key in order to increase the number of employees per person in need of care," the RND quotes from the report.

It is proposed that a care worker should take care of an average of 1.8 people in need of care in the future. So far, the odds have been 1 to 2.5. In relation to a home with 100 residents, this means that 55 instead of 40 nursing staff should look after them.