Today the Midday, we look at the challenges facing nursing homes, home care providers, and the senior care industry as a whole.
Retirement homes, like hospitals and other health care providers, face severe staff shortages. The pandemic has resulted in labor shortages across the economy. Restaurants have had to cut their hours because they cannot find enough waiters and cooks. The supply chain has been disrupted by an insufficient number of truck drivers to meet demand, and school systems across the country are scrambling to certify and hire bus drivers.
A report published last week by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living, indicates that nursing homes have lost 221,000 jobs since the start of the pandemic. This 14% drop in the workforce eclipses any other sector. A survey showed that 78% of nursing homes and 61% of assisted living communities have serious concerns about their ability to stay open.
What does this mean for seniors who need help both in the community and at home?
Here is Tom to discuss these issues:
And Allison Roenigk Ciborowski, the president and chief executive officer of Senior Maryland Age, a network of non-profit organizations that promote innovation and collaboration in the care of the elderly.
For family members providing home care, here are some important resources:
Baltimore City Aging Division 410-396-2273
Baltimore County Department of Aging 410-887-2594
Maryland Department of Aging (for other jurisdictions) 410-767-1100