On January 10th, 2022, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News reported that it will publicly reveal the number of nursing home staff working on weekends as well as “nursing home turnover rates”. This information can be viewed on the Medicare Compare Site in January. These numbers will be included in the ‘Five-Starring rating system” released in July and made available to the public. CMS believes it is important to release this information since staffing levels are essential for residents to receive proper care. CMS also mentioned that this information will be helpful to families when deciding what nursing home facility to place their loved ones in along with encouraging nursing homes to prioritize a higher standard of care for residents. Proper care is critical for nursing homes and their residents to thrive. When quality care is given, accidents such as falls that could lead to hospitalization are reduced as well as the risk of a resident developing an infection.
McKnight says that data reported by Health Affairs found that nursing home turnover rates were found to be more common in regard to registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing aides than earlier assumed. Legal requirements expressed in the Affordable Care Act enable this information to be released, and with the worsening COVID-19 pandemic and its negative effect on nursing homes across the United States, it is crucial that this information is made known to the public.
Changes in administrator staffing can also affect nursing homes. McKnight mentions that CMS suggests that a smaller turnover rate among administrators could create a more stable nursing home environment and lead to staff providing high-quality care for residents. Some commonly believe that administrators set the tone for how a facility is run. Dealing with staffing shortages will prove to be a major challenge for nursing home administrators in 2022 as job applications are low and employee numbers have significantly dwindled since last year. However, nursing homes must not hire just any individuals to fill empty seats, but rather hire qualified employees, who need to be valued and treated with respect by the nursing home industry. Therefore, the manner in which administrators handle this staffing challenge will determine the future direction of nursing homes.
When choosing a nursing home or long-term care facility for your loved ones, please do your research. Make sure that you as well as your loved ones feel comfortable with the atmosphere as well as the staffing levels of the facility. Pay attention to low staffing levels as they can result in cases of neglect. Lastly, if you are visiting family members or friends at a nursing home, always check- in with them to make sure they are being properly cared for.
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Marselas, Kimberly. “CMS going public with facility turnover weekend staffing data.” McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 10 January 2022, https://www.mcknights.com/news/cms-going-public-with-facility-turnover-weekend-staffing-data/.