96% of nursing homes struggle with staffing issues: 6 industry stats

The American Health Care Association recently published the results of its "State of the Nursing Home Industry" survey.

The results show a range of staffing issues continue to plague nursing homes. More than 9 out of 10 nursing home providers have increased staff wages and offered bonuses, yet 96 percent continue to experience difficulty hiring staff, in large part due to a lack of interested and qualified candidates.

The survey, conducted Dec. 7-16, asked 524 nursing home operators questions about their workforce, financials and COVID-19. Thirty-five percent of respondents answered for multiple facilities while 65 percent were for a single facility. Of single facilities, 62 percent were rural and 38 percent urban.

Here are six key survey findings:

  1. Fifty-five percent of nursing homes said they are operating at a loss.

  2. Forty-eight percent of nursing homes said they cannot sustain operations at the current pace for more than one year.

  3. Eighty-three percent of nursing homes said it is somewhat important, very important or extremely important for the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency to be extended.

  4. Seventy-nine percent of nursing home providers said they are concerned about being able to meet a potential federal staffing mandate.

  5. More than two-thirds of nursing homes said they are concerned about having to close their facilities over staffing woes.

  6. More than half of nursing homes said they are having to limit new admissions due to staffing shortages.

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