SAN ANGELO – As the pandemic continues impacting the U.S. workforce, the latest reports show nearly all nursing homes are facing a workforce crisis.
According to the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, the latest reports show 86 percent of nursing homes and 77 percent of assisted living providers are facing worker shortages.
A survey conducted of these facilities showed the employee crisis has "gotten worse over the last three months."
Employers are pointing to the lack of qualified candidates and elevated unemployment benefits as the "biggest obstacles" to hire new employees. The shortage is causing approximately 58 percent of nursing homes to limit the number of new admissions as staff is asked to work overtime and take on extra shifts.
“The survey demonstrates the severe workforce challenges long-term care providers are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Too many facilities are struggling to hire and retain staff that are needed to serve millions of vulnerable residents,” said Mark Parkinson, president, and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “Lawmakers across the country must prioritize long-term care and that begins with providing resources to address workforce challenges. When facilities have the means to offer competitive wages and training programs, workers will follow."