Despite Vaccine and Occupancy Progress, Operators Report Record-High Use of Temps, Overtime

Even as the nationwide vaccine rollout eases the clinical crisis in U.S. nursing homes, operators across the senior living spectrum are reporting the highest levels of agency staffing use and overtime pay since the pandemic began — indicating that the longstanding workforce crunch in the sector only has only continued to worsen. That’s according to […]

Lawmakers, Providers Call for Temporary Nurse Aide Extension — as ProMedica Tries to Fill 1,500 Jobs in One State Alone

With skilled nursing facilities facing significant staffing shortages amid the ongoing fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of lawmakers and operators called for making it easier to retain temporary nurse aides hired during the public health emergency — with one major operator reporting 1,500 unfilled jobs in the state of Pennsylvania. Luke Pile, vice […]

Collaboration Between Physicians, Nursing Home Staff Should Not End With the COVID-19 Emergency

The COVID-19 emergency overturned nursing home operations overnight in almost every respect, notably with regard to the provision of clinical care. And according to a panel of physicians who work in the nursing home setting, some of those changes should stick around, even after the public health emergency finally comes to a close. Namely, they […]

Nursing Home Staff Willingness to Take Vaccine Jumps 94% Since December

Vaccine hesitancy among nursing home and senior living workers has substantially declined since the first shots received emergency approval last December, according to a new industry survey. About 62% of post-acute and senior living workers polled by software firm OnShift indicated that they would be willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, up from 32% in […]

SavaSeniorCare Takes Regional Approach to Nursing Home Clinical Challenges with New Chief Medical Director

In the investment and finance side of skilled nursing, “regional” is commonly cited as a strength for an operator; the idea is that a strong presence in a concentrated geography allows for better relationships with hospitals and referral partners, physicians, and the community generally. But thinking regionally goes beyond the financial well-being of a facility, […]

U.S. Nursing Home Workforce Shrank by 11.5% Since Start of Pandemic

The nation’s nursing homes have shed 182,000 jobs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020, according to a new analysis, a significant drop for a sector that struggled to keep facilities fully staffed even in pre-COVID times. That works out to an 11.5% drop between February 2020 and the end of last […]

As Vaccine Clinics Wrap Up and Doors Open, Nursing Homes Must Start Planning for Waves of Future Shots

When emergency use authorizations (EUA) were granted to two COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020, health care workers and residents in long-term care facilities were granted first priority for the shots — and a federal partnership to vaccinate nursing homes kicked into gear. By January 25, most nursing homes participating in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term […]

Therapy Staffing Dropped Up to 10% at Nursing Homes in Wake of PDPM — Mostly Through Contract Cuts

Therapist staffing coverage at nursing homes fell up to 10% after the October 2019 implementation of a new Medicare payment model, a new study has determined — with the cuts coming primarily on the backs of contracted employees and not full-time skilled nursing facility staffers. Physical and occupational therapist staffing was 6% lower in the […]

Nursing Homes Ranked Second on List of Deadliest Workplaces in COVID’s Wake

Even with only partial data, nursing homes were the second-deadliest workplace amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis — and the missing numbers may well push the setting into the top spot. U.S. nursing homes logged 80 deaths for every 100,000 full-time employees last year, Scientific American concluded in a study published […]