94% of nursing homes have a staffing shortage

Nursing home price per bed climbs nearly 22% in first quarter

More than 50% of both nursing homes and assisted living communities said key members of their staff, such as certified nursing assistants, direct caregivers and dietary staff, quit in the past year, according to the survey.

Nursing homes have been the hardest hit segment of the healthcare sector on the jobs front.

In May, nursing homes added 1,000 jobs but that was still far below the nearly 18,000 jobs lost the previous month alone, according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Staff shortages have already caused some in the long-term care space to close. AHCA/NCAL estimates that, without additional funding, more than 1,600 skilled nursing facilities could close in 2021.

In La Grande, Oregon, the Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics announced plans to close its hospice program this month.

“Our community is not exempt from the serious national shortage on healthcare workers. Over the past year, it has become increasingly difficult to find nursing staff to support our hospice program,” said Grande Ronde President and CEO Jeremy Davis.

Director of Home Care Services Selina Shaffer said the recommendation to close was not one “made lightly.”

“Over the past year, however, the fallout from COVID-19 has changed the workforce landscape, and we are no longer immune to that reality in Union County. At some point, we had to acknowledge that.”

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