Staffing shortages driving more public nursing homes to the precipice
Publicly owned nursing homes, often unable to increase revenue without the express consent of elected officials or taxpayer referendums, are finding themselves increasingly on the brink of collapse by the combined effects of the lingering pandemic and worker shortages.
It’s a growing care-access issue that has caught the eye of providers and, to a lesser extent, policy makers nationwide.
Many of the roughly 1,000 government-run long-term care facilities, which include state-run veterans homes, are “struggling to find workers and recover after unprecedented staffing losses that occurred during the pandemic,” the American Health Care Association noted in a report earlier this month.
“As open positions continue to go unfilled, waitlists are growing, impacting seniors — including our nation’s veterans,” the report added.