AARP Report: 30 Percent Of Nursing Homes Face Staffing Shortages

AARP reports: “Nearly a third of the nation’s 15,000 nursing homes recently reported a shortage of nurses or aides, according to a new AARP analysis of government data, raising concerns about resident care at a time when many facilities are still battling COVID-19. The numbers represent the worst staffing shortages since the government began collecting COVID-19 data from nursing homes in May 2020. Thirty percent of U.S. nursing homes reported staff shortages during a four-week period ending in mid-October, the analysis found. It also showed that there were more than 2,000 resident deaths from COVID-19 for a second month in a row … Low staffing levels in nursing homes, particularly among registered nurses, are associated with worse outcomes for residents, including more COVID-19 cases, deaths and a higher likelihood of an outbreak.”

“In Alaska, 81 percent of nursing homes reported shortages, the analysis found, the highest rate of any state. In Maine, Washington and Minnesota more than 60 percent of facilities reported staff shortages, while in Wyoming, Kansas, North Dakota, Oregon and Wisconsin, more than 50 percent did … AARP’s analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) doesn’t say what’s causing the staffing shortages. But likely factors include the recent rise of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes due to the delta variant and increased worker burnout … Other nursing home experts note that long-standing workforce issues, such as low wages, lack of benefits and poor workplace culture, are likely coming to a head after a grueling 20 months for long-term care workers. More than 186,000 residents and staff have died from COVID-19 in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care settings. The figure accounts for about one-quarter of the U.S.’s entire COVID-19 death toll.”

“In more welcome news, the national rate of COVID-19 infections in nursing homes declined after rising for a few months. And the rate of fully vaccinated nursing home staff climbed significantly more than it has over the past few months, following the adoption of more vaccine mandates ,,, from mid-September to mid-October, … COVID-19 nursing home infections were less than a sixth of what they were last winter … The national rate of resident infections declined to about 1 new case per 70 residents, a decline of about one-quarter compared to the previous four-week reporting period, which ended Sept. 19. Cases are still rising in many parts of the country, however, in 17 states and Washington, D.C. … The national rate of new COVID-19 cases among staff also fell by about one-third, to about 1 worker case per 60 residents. At the state level, 13 states saw a rise in cases from the previous four-week reporting period. The national COVID-19 vaccination rate among residents increased from 85 percent in mid-September to 86 percent in mid-October.”

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