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COVID-19 Intensifies Nursing Home Workforce Challenges

Report Expanding Access & Cultural Competence
October 1, 2020

Recruiting and retaining direct care staff has long been a challenge in nursing homes. The purpose of this project was to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing homes with respect to these long-standing workforce challenges and to identify new federal, state, and facility-level policies and practices that have been implemented to address these challenges.

Key Takeaways

Long-standing recruitment and retention challenges in nursing homes have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to difficult and risky work conditions, among other reasons, many workers left the sector during the pandemic.
Numerous policies have been implemented at every level to mitigate COVID-19's workforce impacts.

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