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Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis: The 2020 Report

Friday, February 21, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Todd Smet
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 MADISON - Wisconsin nursing home and assisted living providers continue to endure a workforce shortage crisis, according to a new report produced by a coalition of provider associations including the Wisconsin Health Care Association/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, and the Disability Service Provider Network.


The Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis: A 2020 Report is based on data collected through an unprecedented, in-depth statewide provider survey which showed that 1 in 4 direct caregiver positions in Wisconsin's nursing homes and assisted living facilities are currently vacant. That number has worsened since a 2018 report, which found that 1 in 5 LTC positions were unfilled


"The workforce crisis continues to intensify as the need to care for individuals requiring assisted living services increases," said Mike Pochowski, CEO of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association. "As outlined in the 2020 Report, caregiver vacancies are on the rise which otherwise inhibits a provider's ability to accept new residents into their facility. In fact, if providers were able to satisfactorily fill caregiver vacancies, providers would be able to increase their overall occupancy rates from 78% to 93%. All in all, helping to resolve the caregiver crisis also allows providers to care for the individuals needing those services, particularly at a time when that need is increasing. We must continue to find ways to resolve this crisis that has and will continue to have a significant negative impact on our state."


More on WALA's involvement:

Long-Term Caregivers Continue To Be In Short Supply In Wisconsin


For more information, contact Mike Pochowski, WALA CEO, 608-288-0246


Click here to view full Press Release


The Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis: The 2020 Report is based on data collected by Wisconsin's long-term care provider assoications, including WHCA/WiCAL, LeadingAge Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, and Disability Service Provider Network.

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