The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) conducted a survey of 616 nursing homes and 122 assisted living communities across the U.S., inquiring about challenges they face in their workforce.
The survey found that almost three-fourths of nursing homes and more than half of assisted living communities surveyed responded that their facility’s overall workforce situation has gotten worse in 2021 compared to 2020, with 94% of nursing homes and 81% of assisted living communities facing a shortage of staff members recently, and more than half of those facilities are actively trying to fill vacant positions for certified nursing assistants (CNAs), licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, dietary staff, and housekeeping.
In 2020, more than half of the surveyed facilities reported that staff in essential positions, such as CNAs or direct caregivers and dietary staff, have quit. The majority of providers believe higher reimbursement to offer better pay and benefits would help recruit and retain staff members.
The President/CEO of AHCA/NCAL stated with regard to the survey results: “The survey results clearly indicate that the long term care workforce is facing serious challenges, and our country must make significant investments to help address these shortfalls. We have laid out proposals in our Care For Our Seniors Act that would enable our providers to address staffing shortages, but without help from Congress and state legislators, this will not be possible. We look forward to working with federal and state governments to ensure every facility has the ability to recruit and retain the necessary staff to ensure our residents receive the level of care they need and deserve. Caregivers are the backbone of nursing homes and assisted living communities, and we need to make sure they are being adequately supported so they can provide the highest quality of care to our elderly population.”
The American Health Care Association represents assisted living providers through its National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). NCAL states that it is dedicated to serving the needs of the assisted living community through national advocacy, education, networking, professional development, and quality initiatives.
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