The American Health Care Association and National Center of Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) recently survey over 1,100 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Skilled Nursing News reports, the survey results discovered most nursing homes are requesting staff to work extra shifts due to ongoing staffing shortages and have limited intake of new admissions.
Over 78% of skilled nursing facilities (SNF) surveyed expressed their concern for staying in business with ongoing staffing challenges. Additionally, 86% of the SNFs agreed the staffing problem has worsened in the past three months.
Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL, stated “too many facilities are struggling to hire and retain staff that are needed to serve millions of vulnerable residents. Lawmakers across the country must prioritize long term care and that begins with providing resources to address workforce challenges.” He believes increased wages and better training will help address staffing shortages.
Survey results indicated 58% of SNFs have had to limit intake of new admissions because of the workforce challenges.
Parkinson believes the Care For Our Seniors Act would help address these workforce challenges in the nursing homes. He stated “Congress has the opportunity right now, through budget reconciliation, to include meaningful investments in long term care, which help address key staffing challenges. We cannot allow facilities to close because of these challenges.”