Why nursing homes say they’re losing staff, how the state could help
Staff at New York’s nursing homes aren’t paid enough to compete with entry-level positions in other industries, which health care groups told the state Legislature Tuesday has led to average turnover rates in recent years as high as 94%.
Those workers are typically paid at or near the minimum wage, which ranges from $12.50 an hour in upstate New York to $15 an hour in New York City.
Fast food workers, in comparison, are paid at least $14.50 statewide — higher than the minimum wage in other industries. That’s led to caregivers leaving the health care industry for other jobs, the groups said.