Skilled Nursing Turnaround Artists Focus on Staff First, Finances Second

A distressed skilled nursing facility could have problems on multiple fronts, but when trying to fix it, operators and owners need to concentrate on the people working there. Any SNF business can be broken down into four major components: physical, operational, clinical, and financial. That’s according to Isaac Dole, founder and managing partner at Chicago-based Birchwood Healthcare […]

Everything You Know About Skilled Nursing Hiring is Wrong

Hiring and retaining talented skilled nursing employees remains one of the biggest challenges for operators in the industry, especially for key frontline nursing positions. Amid these pressures, hiring managers might be tempted to rely on their instincts when selecting from potential candidates — but two health care staffing experts say in many cases, conventional hiring […]

Leaders Declare Senior Care Staffing Crisis in Texas Amid 97% Turnover

Operators of nursing homes in Texas reported 97% turnover for certified nursing assistants, with 90% turnover for other key frontline caregiver positions — promoting leaders in the state to declare a “crisis.” The Texas Health Care Association called for higher Medicaid reimbursement rates to help mitigate the trend in a recent report on its members’ financial […]

Senior Care Workforce Almost 90% Female, But Demographics Are Changing

Women account for the vast majority of health care workers in the senior living space — though the proportion of young male workers is on the rise, a new analysis from senior living industry group Argentum found. Female employees accounted for 89% of health care workers, with 40% of all workers between the ages of 30 and 49. […]

Providers Need to Look Beyond State Borders to Find Workforce Surpluses

As skilled nursing and other long-term care providers continue to grapple with a persistent workforce shortage, one solution could lie in strategic recruitment outside of an operator’s normal footprint. While macro-level trends show a substantial nurse and health care support worker shortage that will only get worse as the population ages, not all markets are […]

Nobody Applies to More than Half of Long-Term Care Jobs in Wisconsin

Long-term care operators around the country have dealt with a lack of qualified workers for some time now, and leaders in one Midwestern state say it’s escalated to a full-blown crisis. Nearly 20% of caregiver positions in Wisconsin are currently unfilled, as compared to about 14.5% just two years ago, according to a report released […]

Flexible Part-Time Staffers Could be Future of Skilled Nursing Workforce

Implementing a flexible model of staffing could help skilled nursing providers deal with the lows — and potential highs — in occupancy that are expected over the next several years. But to do that, they’ll have to overcome competition from outside sectors, the need to deal with higher-acuity patients, and the complexity inherent in flexible […]

Health Care Job Openings Exceed Worker Demand by 44% Amid ‘Skills Gap’

Skilled nursing executives and managers worried about a persistent workforce shortage now have another number to keep them up at night: 44%. That’s the gulf between open positions and available health care practitioners, the most severe supply-demand mismatch identified in a new study prepared for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The health care workforce […]

Former Kindred Executive Named COO of Wingate Healthcare

Wingate | CC BY-SA 2.0 Jill Bosa has been named chief operating officer (COO) at Wingate Healthcare, a senior living and health care services provider in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. Bosa previously served as COO of the Nursing Center Division at Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), where she oversaw more than 100 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living […]

Indiana Providers Adopt ‘Creative Scheduling’ Amid Workforce Pinch

Almost 100% of long-term care (LTC) providers in Indiana are asking staff to pick up additional hours, and more than 70% are asking employees to work double shifts or overtime, according to the preliminary findings from a survey from the Indiana Health Care Association/Indiana Center for Assisted Living (IHCA/INCAL) and other industry groups. They’re also […]

Using Community Colleges to Fight the Nursing Shortage

A shortage of well-qualified nurses and other frontline staff remains one of the major headaches for nursing home operators and investors around the country. Earlier this month, one state came up with a solution that’s getting bipartisan support: allowing community colleges to offer bachelor’s of science in nursing degrees (BSN). “There’s such a severe shortage […]

Skilled Nursing Must-Reads: Immigration Worries, Fire in Japan

As we enter another week, take a minute to catch up with some of the biggest skilled nursing stories from around the internet and the world. Immigration pressures  The New York Times explored the effects of the Trump administration’s immigration policies on the long-term care industry, in particular shining a light on the so-called “gray […]

Nursing Home Wages Trend Lower Than in Senior Living

Hourly wages for nursing home employees who provide direct care and services tend to be lower than wages for the same job titles in assisted living facilities and continuing care retirement communities, recent survey findings show. But salaries for leadership titles and director positions did not follow the same trend. A staff nurse (RN) in […]

Could Trump’s Religious Objection Guidance Create SNF Turmoil?

On first glance, the Department of Health and Human Services’ new guidance on personal religious beliefs might not appear to affect the long-term care industry. Years from now, however, it could play an integral role in the way SNFs operate and staff facilities. When the government rolled out its two-pronged approach last week — establishing […]

Immigration Battle Could Squeeze Nursing Home Finances

The long-term care industry dodged a bullet this week with a short government shutdown, but the fate of a federal budget still hinges on Congress reaching consensus over immigration — another issue that could have an outsized impact on the skilled nursing space. Should Congressional Republicans attempt to clamp down on legal immigration and the so-called […]

Ziegler CEO Paprocki to Retire, Hermann to Take His Place

A major player in the skilled nursing and senior housing finance world will have a new CEO by spring. Ziegler’s board of directors announced that CEO Tom Paprocki will retire, effective March 31. Dan Hermann, who has been at Ziegler for 30 years and serves as head of investment banking, will assume the role of president […]

How Skilled Nursing Can Ride Out a Wave of Bad Press

For some, any press is good press. But this phrase isn’t true for the skilled nursing and senior care space, which is facing a wave of negative media attention — including a damning article in Time Magazine that brought to light major concerns of abusive behavior toward residents and binding arbitration contracts that left some […]

How a Bad Flu Season Can Affect Skilled Nursing Admissions, Staffing

For the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting widespread cases of the flu in 49 states — and the historic bug could have an effect on nursing providers’ bottom lines. In fact, in the 13 years that the CDC has been conducting surveillance […]

Industry Insider Leads ‘Best Workplaces in Aging Services’ Project

When Fortune magazine publishes the inaugural “Best Workplaces in Aging Services” list in September 2018, it could provide a much-needed boost to skilled nursing providers facing a workforce crisis. That’s certainly the hope of Jacquelyn Kung, a senior care industry insider who is spearheading the effort to compile the new list. It will be a […]

Movers & Shakers: LeadingAge, Allied Skilled Nursing

Fleming Steps Up to Chairman Role at LeadingAge Washington, D.C.-based LeadingAge has appointed Stephen P. Fleming as chairman of the board. LeadingAge is a national senior care industry association, which represents more than 6,000 non-profit senior care providers. As board chairman, Fleming — president and CEO of Greensboro, N.C.-based The Well•Spring Group — will oversee […]