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