Unsafe Staffing Remains

Unsafe Staffing

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 14,000 nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the country.  They released of a recent survey of nursing home and assisted living providers. The results  show the urgent need to increase staffing by providing a living wage and benefits to caregivers.

Key findings include:

Ninety-four percent of nursing home providers said they have had a shortage of staff members in the last month.

In assisted living communities, 81 percent said they had staffing shortages.

More than half of nursing home and assisted living providers lost staff during the pandemic due to workers quitting.

75 percent of nursing homes and nearly 60 percent of assisted living communities said their overall workforce situation has gotten worse.

81% of nursing home providers and 75 percent of assisted living communities stated that better staff pay and benefits would help improve the facility’s ability to recruit and retain staff members.

A one-page executive summary of the results can be found at https://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Fact-Sheets/FactSheets/Workforce-Survey-June2020.pdf.

For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org or www.ncal.org.