America’s Nursing Homes Fight to Find Enough Caregivers
Skilled nursing and assisted living facilities across the country are having trouble hiring enough caregivers, and many have turned to perks like referral bonuses and transportation to lure more talent.
The big picture: The industry historically grappled with high employee turnover for its lower-skilled jobs. But now nursing facilities are facing reputational hits from the pandemic and a red hot market for minimum wage workers.
“We’re not just competing with the restaurants and hotels for workers here,” said Tina Sandri, CEO of Forest Hills, which offers assisted living and skilled nursing care in Washington D.C. The industry is fighting for hourly and nursing staff amongst each other and other hospitals giving out much more competitive pay right now, Sandri tells Axios.