The long-term care staffing crisis is about more than job vacancies

Before COVID-19 swept through senior living and other long-term care facilities, a different kind of crisis had the attention of operators and senior advocates. As elders with complex care needs grew in number and facilities took on more residents and patients, it seemed even fewer numbers of staff were in the system to care for them.

It’s easy to think of this situation in simple terms, even as the long-term care staffing issue becomes more dire. When staff members leave, some may believe that others can be added to replace them, by lowering access barriers in recruiting employees with non-nursing skills, if need be. But beside complicating facilities’ ability to deliver the highest quality of care and services, this idea ignores the core reasons why greater recruitment seems largely fruitless — and why turnover in the sector is as high as 128% in the first place.

Read the full article by Brian Evans, Adams Keegan senior care practice leader, in McKnight's Senior Living here.