Up to 94% of nursing homes and 81% of assisted-living communities have had a staff shortage in the past month, according to a survey.
On top of that, nearly 75% of nursing homes and nearly 60% of assisted-living communities said their workforce situation has worsened in the past year, according to the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living survey of 616 nursing homes and 122 assisted-living communities in the U.S.
Mark Parkinson, CEO of AHCA/NCAL, which represents more than 14,000 long-term care providers, said the country needs to invest in its long-term care workforce. That involves increasing Medicaid funding for nursing homes so that they can afford to give workers higher pay and better benefits, he said.
"Lawmakers across the country must prioritize long-term care to ensure the profession has the necessary resources to maintain a strong workforce," Parkinson said in a statement. "We look forward to working with federal and state governments to ensure every facility has the ability to recruit and retain the necessary staff to ensure our residents receive the level of care they need and deserve."