The Ohio Department of Health is suggesting new guidelines that will affect the number of hours of direct care that a nursing home facility provides to each resident. Currently a facility only has to provide 1.6 hours of direct care to residents, the department is suggesting that number be raised to 2.75 hours. Zandex Healthcare, which own 4 local nursing homes, said the new suggestion won’t change much for Ohio facilities because most of them already provide more hours of direct care than what is mandated. Direct care involves helping residents with daily living activities, such as bathing, giving medications and grooming and feeding. Zandex said even though most Ohio nursing homes already exceed the mandatory hours, some facilities are opposed to the change on paper because they’re worried that the government will require lots of paperwork to prove the homes are supplying the new hours to residents.