Nursing Home Liability: Are We Facing a Caregiver Crisis?

Nursing Home Liability Are We Facing a Caregiver Crisis

Nursing Home Liability: Are We Facing a Caregiver Crisis?

According to reports released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics near the end of 2013, there are three jobs in the senior living industry  that are expected to be in exponentially higher demand in the coming years. These positions include personal care aides, home health aides, and nursing assistants; all of which are vital to nursing homes. The presence of well-trained nursing staff is essential to reducing nursing home liability, but will there be enough nursing staff in the next decade?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that more than 1.3 million new paid caregivers will be needed to meet demand over the next ten years. According to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) the direct-care work force will become the largest occupation in the United States by 2020, surpassing the number of retail salespeople.

Fear comes from the uncertainty of where these workers will come from. Generally speaking, nursing care facility jobs are low-paying, demanding, and come with a high rate of injury and low benefits. Joshua Wiener, director of the aging, disability and long-term care program at RTI International, predicts that “There isn’t going to be a big increase in the work force that typically fills these jobs- poorly educated, low income, usually minority women- over the next 10 years.”

In other words, the demand for nursing home caregivers will be much greater than the availability of these workers. Another concern is the unpredictable future of Medicare and Medicaid funding and payment structures, which will heavily impact direct care service providers. Due to the fact that most of the services being provided are paid by these government entities, it’s difficult to gauge how wages will be affected.

Experts, especially those in the senior living industry, are faced with coming up with viable solutions for this pending caregiver crisis. In the meantime, it’s essential for nursing homes to properly train and provide for their current nursing staff.

At DigniCARE, we understand that caring for your caregivers is a critical component of your Risk Management program. Our values-based risk management program helps you increase resident and worker safety, satisfaction and census, and reduce staff workload and turnover. Please contact us today at (855) 883-6306 to learn how we can make a difference for your operation.

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