Skilled Nursing Facility

Staff shortages causing nursing homes to turn away new residents

In a recent survey of 1,183 nursing homes conducted by the American Health Care Association and National Center of Assisted Living, 58% of respondents indicated that they are limiting new resident admissions because of staff shortages. Additionally, the survey found that nearly every nursing home is asking staff to work overtime and cover extra shifts.

The staff shortage has become so extreme that 78% of facilities surveyed admitted to worrying about the possibility of closing their doors because of staffing issues, with 35% of those facilities describing themselves as “very concerned.”