Staff Shortages Affecting Ohio Nursing Facilities

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio nursing homes have said they are facing a staffing shortage that is getting worse every day.

The president of LeadingAge Ohio, a nonprofit representing about 400 long-term care facilities, said there was a shortage of 15,000 workers in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Ohio .

Lack of staff is having a ripple effect on the healthcare system: as hospitals fill beds with COVID-19 patients, some long-term care facilities are keeping beds empty due to understaffing.

The issues caught the attention of state house lawmakers.

Last month, Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill that would provide more than $300 million to facilities across the state to help recruit new employees and provide incentives to current staff.

“It could be recruitment bonuses for these direct care staff or credits for childcare, some kind of transport support, all the issues that could prevent us from keeping ourselves complete at this stage. are ways we could use those funds,” said Kathryn Brod. , president and CEO of LeadingAge Ohio.

It is not yet known what impact these funds will have, but with other states adopting similar measures, the demand for nursing home nurses will increase.

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