What Happens When Nursing Homes Run Out of Workers?

What Happens When Nursing Homes Run Out of Workers?

(AbsoluteNews.com) – Roughly 1.5 million aging Americans are living in nursing homes. Often, they’re people who are incapable of caring for themselves or who need a higher level of care than what they might receive at home. The worker shortage is hitting these facilities hard and putting some of the country’s most vulnerable citizens at risk.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, nursing homes were already having a hard time finding people to fill the open positions. Low pay, long hours, and demanding work were all impacting the ability of the facilities to fill their job openings. The pandemic greatly exasperated the problem.

When there aren’t enough people to fill the necessary positions, of course, the quality of care a patient receives is going to suffer. That’s what’s happening. The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) report reveals there are more than 220,000 job openings at facilities across the US. CEO Mark Parkinson released a statement blaming a number of issues, including pandemic burnout and Medicaid underfunding, for the lack of available workers.

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform Co-founder Patricia L. McGinnis told Healthline the worker shortage in nursing homes is a “disaster waiting to happen.” Sadly, when disaster does happen, the victims are going to be the elderly folks living in the homes.

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