Retirement living communities can be built in wonderful locations and have modern facilities, but personnel will always be their most important asset.
Senior living centers need to have a strong staff in order to provide a good level of service, according to the Los Angeles Times. It's also important that they not be short-handed because larger staffs apparently have less turnover and therefore create a stable environment for residents.
"There is some very persuasive data showing staff simply can't perform all of the responsibilities they have unless there is an adequate ratio of staff to residents," Janet Wells told the paper.
Wells is the policy director for the National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform.
The Times says that retirement living centers should have enough personnel to be able to provide each resident with about four hours of care each day.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there were 1.3 million seniors living in eldercare facilities in 2003. By 2030, that number could be 3 million if the current growth rate continues.