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Nursing Home Safety COVID: Staff Shortages

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January 1, 2021

Nursing homes in every state are experiencing workforce shortages. This shortage creates a circular effect where the shortage is worsened by COVID-19, and the shortage leads to more spread of COVID-19. The report sets forth recommendations to improve quality of care for residents and recruitment and retention for workers.

https://uspirg.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/FINAL%201%3A28%20Nursing%20Home%20Report%20Staff%20Shortages.pdf

Key Takeaways

Every state is experiencing a shortage of nursing home workers.
The shortage is (1) worsened by COVID; and (2) increases the spread of COVID.
Policymakers should improve the safety of nursing homes while improve recruitment and retention of workers.
 
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