Thousands waiting for nursing home care in Pa. because of worker shortage, report says

March 1, 2023

An average of about 2,000 people per day are on waiting lists to enter a nursing home in Pennsylvania, largely due to homes being unable to use beds because of staffing shortages, according to a report.

β€œIt is clear our access to care crisis will not go away until our workforce crisis is first addressed. At the same time providers are facing historic workforce shortages, our aging population is rapidly increasing, with the number of Pennsylvania adults 85 and older expected to nearly double between now and 2040,” said Zach Shamberg, the president of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, a trade group representing for-profit nursing homes.

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