Some nursing homes forced to turn down new residents due to worker shortages

July 31, 2021

Ohio nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care homes for years have struggled with recruitment but the recent competition for workers has pushed the challenge to a new level.

Many restaurants, factories, hospitals and other businesses recently have raised wages and bonuses to attract staff, but nursing homes make most of their money on fixed rates from Medicaid and Medicare and don’t have a good way to pay more to compete.

For a four-week period ending June 20, on average about 32% of Ohio nursing homes had a shortage of nurses and aides for residents, per federal data aggregated by AARP.

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