Rachel: Am wondering if you can give us all an idea as to the resident to staff quota at your Memory Care facility there in Burlington? Plus, do you consider it to be the norm nationwide?? Thanks!

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Sure, we have four halls of residents (10-12 residents on each) and 4 care staff members on each shift, one for each hall. Then we have 2 med techs on each shift, helping with residents. We also have all of the managers on duty, or on-call, most of the time. (This includes me, the director, our maintenance manager, a nurse, etc.) Sometimes we also have an extra care staff member “floating” between halls. I think all of this is pretty normal.

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