JOPLIN, MO – If you don’t already have a loved one in a nursing home, it may only be a matter of time before it happens.
But this industry faces a problem that some say is getting worse with each passing year.
A new national survey shows that 94% of nursing homes face staff shortages, including here in all four states.
That’s why you can see listings at many nursing facilities across the four states, including the Joplin Health and Rehab Center.
âWe, like many other companies, offer exceptional bonuses for joining our team. Says Michael Harrison, administrator, Joplin Health & Rehab Center.
Many on the ground say a labor shortage was a problem that existed before the pandemic, and it has not improved.
Harrison says there has been a shortage of certain types of healthcare workers for a decade.
And he says his company is doing everything possible to try to reverse this trend.
“We are looking for them aggressively, we are giving huge signs on bonuses, we are training them, our company here in Joplin can train NACs, CMTs, we pay for their training, we pay them while they go to school. . ” said Harrison
The National Association of Health Care Assistance represents more than 26,000 certified practical nurses.
CNAs make up the bulk of the employees who work in nursing homes.
And Dane Henning says a shortage of them has cost Americans lives.
âThe issue of our staffing crisis that we are currently in US nursing homes, it needs to be resolved and needs to be resolved now, it had to be resolved before COVID, in fact we would have had a decent percentage of staff. going into COVID, we could have saved a lot of lives, during COVID, and so now that it gets worse, let’s go ahead and fix this thing and don’t sweep this thing under the rug, âsays Dane Henning, Dir., Association national nursing assistants.
And with the aging of the baby boomer generation, he says now is the time to fix it once and for all.
âBecause nursing homes are so affected by state funding or government funding, we need to make sure they have enough funds. Henning said.
For that, he says now is the time to contact your state and federal lawmakers.