Long-term care facilities have been battling staffing shortages from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. McKnight’s reports in the month of July another 1500 jobs were lost. Currently, there are 380,000 jobs in nursing homes.
The staffing shortage has caused some facilities to lower admission rates because not enough staff is available to provide necessary care. However, it should be noted that 38,000 jobs have been added to the healthcare industry as a whole.
A chief executive of a facility in Washington was quoted saying “I’ve been in the industry for 40 years and I’ve never seen it this bad.”
The American Health Care Association (AHCA) recently conducted to survey which concluded about 94% of long-term care facilities across the nation are struggling with inadequate staffing. Additionally, 73% surveyed agreed the problem has worsened since 2020. To combat the decrease in staffing, some providers have increased salaries.
Leaders in the long-term care sector are requesting the government to provide additional funding so they can continue to provide quality care to those in need.