There’s a shortage of nursing home beds for the elderly in America due to a severe staffing crisis that has caused long-term care facilities to cut back on new admissions, new research shows.
Three out of five nursing homes (61%) have limited new admissions due to staffing shortages, according to a survey conducted by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) of 759 nursing home providers.
And nearly three out of four (73%) are concerned that they’ll have to close their facilities over staffing problems, the survey found.
“We project that more than 400 nursing homes could close this year due to this workforce and economic crisis,” said Beth Martino, senior vice president of public affairs for the AHCA/NCAL.
These factors could leave some elderly bereft of the care they need as they age. read more