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The Impact of Employee Turnover Rates on Nursing Home Care

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2021 | Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Florida families that decide to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home will likely agonize over the decision for many months before taking action. The safety and happiness of the family member are at stake, and families need to make sure the nursing home they choose will deliver the level of care their loved one deserves. One industry trend that can pose a risk to nursing home residents is the high turnover rate some facilities experience.

High turnover rates

The authors of a recent study point out that the high turnover rates for nursing homes are a real problem. This is one of the main causes of nursing home neglect and can threaten residents’ health. The study examined the turnover rate for more than 15,000 nursing homes in the country. Researchers found that 2020 turnover rates in some places were more than double the norm for past years.

Analysts explain that low pay and other staffing issues have negatively affected the quality of care available to nursing home residents for an extended length of time. However, recent events caused the problem to grow to the point that state lawmakers are taking a closer look at oversight measures.

Problems caused by turnover rates

One problem caused by high turnover rates is an inability to maintain effective infectious control policies. This problem makes it difficult for facilities to control outbreaks whenever a virus or other contagious disease threatens residents.

Many nursing homes point to the lack of Medicaid reimbursement as the source of the problem. The chief medical officer for one large group representing nursing homes says that the recruitment and retention of qualified employees have long been a challenge for nursing homes. The CMO explains that years of pleas for help have gone unanswered.

It is never easy to turn over the care of an elderly family member to a nursing home. But when forced to make this decision, people want to know that the resident receives the appropriate care level.

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