Nearly 450K Residents at Risk of Displacement if Mandate is Enacted, As Access Issues Compound

August 23, 2023

As nursing homes limit admissions due to ongoing labor challenges, residents can expect a mounting access crisis, with some U.S. counties being turned into “nursing home deserts.”

This is according to a report released Wednesday by the American Health Care Association (AHCA), which notes that nearly 450,000 residents will be displaced if a potential minimum staffing mandate were to be enacted. These estimates are based on if SNFs had to comply with a 4.1 hours per resident day staffing minimum.

“Too many of our nation’s seniors are having to look farther and wait longer for the long-term and post-acute care they need. These are sobering numbers and should serve as a wake-up call to policymakers to help nursing homes rebuild,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL.

Read the full story from Skilled Nursing News here.