The University of Pittsburgh's research involving certified nursing assistants and why they leave is among the most interesting I've seen recently in long-term care. Salary, it turns out, is not nearly as important as respect and flexibility in scheduling.
There are growing signs that labor costs will soon be creeping up. That may be good news for the frontline workers and other staff who literally do the heavy lifting. But it's not so great for those who have to make sure payroll is met.
While nobody in the field is shouting it from the mountain tops, the long-term care sector has been enjoying more than its share of easy layups lately. That could be coming to an end in the not too distant future.
It's a troubling staffing dynamic that regularly plays out at many long-term care facilities: Low-wage employees are practically begging for the opportunity to work extra hours. And the additional help is clearly needed. However, many facilities find themselves too cash-strapped to pay the time-and-a-half rate that overtime requires.
Assisted living communities have always had high turnover rates - generally attributed to the prevalence of non-professional/low paying jobs. Estimates for staff turnover range from a low of 21% to a whopping 135%, with an average of 42%.
I can say with a straight face that I'm not a complete stranger to the battle over decent living wages.
Depending on the numbers you choose to believe, senior living profit margins are a razor thin 3% — or more like 20%. Regardless, many would like to believe operators are engaging in a fairly despicable business practice: intentionally underpaying the help.
Today in the annals of Nursing Homes That Should Know Better, we turn our attention to a rural part of Tennessee.
Employees with the lowest wages have a higher risk of hypertension than those with top wages, according to University of California-Davis researchers. The correlation between lower socioeconomic status and hypertension was unexpectedly strong with women and individuals in the 25-to-44 age range, investigators found.
States should allow a broader scope of practice among healthcare providers to improve access to care, rather than have the federal government base Medicare payment adjustments around geographic locations, an Institute of Medicine analysis says.
The purpose of a 2004 California law was to provide nursing homes with additional funding to hire staff and increase wages. Instead, a number of nursing home providers took advantage of it to increase profits and pad their bottom line, according to a recent watchdog group report.