More than 2,000 Pa. seniors are on waiting lists for nursing care. It’s a crisis.
It seems like every industry is struggling with workforce challenges.
In the industry of long-term care – nursing homes, personal care homes, and assisted living communities – staffing challenges are nothing new. Long-term-care providers were battling a shortage of caregivers well before the COVID-19 pandemic. But the last three years have turned the problem into a full-blown crisis, one that will affect all of us at one time or another.
Nursing homes are known, in the most general sense, for providing care to our elderly loved ones and neighbors. But these facilities are also medical centers for residents on ventilators, rehabilitation centers for those in recovery, and safe, secure spaces for loved ones living with dementia and memory loss. These needs require a skilled and robust workforce that works around the clock, seven days a week.