RICHMOND, Virginia (WWBT) – Richmond’s restaurant scene isn’t the only industry facing a post-pandemic labor shortage. Nursing facilities and assisted living centers are also in a mad race to fill positions as the state continues to recover from the pandemic.
âWe have great benefits and pay scales, but people are still a little afraid to re-enter the workforce,â said Amy Chapman, Managing Director of Hermitage Richmond.
Chapman says Hermitage Richmond and its sister facilities all face similar labor shortages despite its parent company, The pinnacle of life, receiving a 2021 Top Workplace Award for Large Richmond Companies.
Chapman says there has been a sharp decrease in requests at all Pinnacle Living locations over the past three months.
âMost of our vacancies are in nursing. We’re always on the lookout for great members of the Nursing, Licensed Practical Nurses, CNA team, âsaid Chapman. âThis is something that not only affects the Hermitage Richmond, but also affects other players in the health sector.
Cedarfiled CEO Michael Shaw says nurses aren’t the only jobs to fill.
âThe food service department, housekeeping has really seen a 90% reduction in requests week over week,â Shaw said. âThe job market right now is our next pandemic; we’re going to be in that job market that we’re probably anticipating until early next year.
Shaw is urging the state government to help push the recovery further.
“One of the main solutions to helping people get back into the workforce is for our politicians to take a look at where we are with the vaccination rate in the Commonwealth, and seriously consider whether or not we should release these unemployment benefits so that it encourages people to get back into the workforce, âShaw said.
By then, Pinnacle Living will be leveraging its 90% vaccination rate, enhanced safety measures, and workplace benefits to get applicants through the door.
“We know so many wonderful people have been home for the past year and a half, eager to get back to work, and we’re ready to hug you and let you know it’s safe to be with us.” , Chapman said. .
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