Caregiver vacancy rate, long a concern for Wisconsin long-term and residential care providers, have reached crisis levels.
Earlier this year, the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, Leading Age Wisconsin, Wisconsin Health Care Association/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living, and Residential Services Association of Wisconsin joined together to conduct a survey focusing on caregiver vacancy rates and other workforce issues.
In the largest survey of long-term and residential care providers to date, responses from 689 providers revealed:
High levels of caregiver vacancy rates in assisted living and nursing homes
Major problems finding applicants and qualified caregivers
Significant wage disparity between people working as trained personal caregivers and unskilled entry level workers taking jobs at gas stations, big-box stores, and fast food restaurants
Lost admissions due to lack of caregivers
An exodus of caregivers to jobs outside of healthcare
Widespread use of overtime, double shifts and other strategies to fill scheduling gaps
WALA will be conducting In-District Legislative Days this summer to help distribute the startling facts from this report to legislators. Stay tuned to the WALA website and eBlasts to learn more on how you can participate.