“LTC Workers need higher wages, better training now that society’s applause has ended: report” (McKnight’s Long-Term Care News)- DLP Fights for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Tired and stressed healthcare worker
Date: June 30, 2023

A great sense of praise and appreciation was generated around the world for healthcare workers during the pandemic. However, these worldwide feelings have since dwindled. A report titled “Beyond Applause? Improving Working Conditions in Long-Term Care” from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development indicates that healthcare workers are dissatisfied with their careers and believe their employment is taking a serious toll on their mental and physical health.

     

According to McKnight, even though the report’s findings were based on European COVID-19 lockdown policies, the report’s findings are pertinent for healthcare workers around the globe. The challenge to make long-term care employment appealing to individuals is a big undertaking and will require much work. The authors of the report suggest that praise and applause for the profession is simply not enough. Rather, the long-term care sector must work to increase salaries and upgrade workplace conditions. These long-term care improvements are crucial in order to improve the quality of care provided to residents.

The report indicates that Europe’s long-term care employment rose from “1.7% in 2011 to 1.9% in 2021.” On the other hand, a statistic from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living revealed that during the pandemic U.S. nursing homes faced the lowest level of unemployment since 1994 as “210,000” jobs were lost.

      The report makes several suggestions the long-term care sector should implement to tackle employment issues. First, government funding for the public sector should be increased. Therefore, companies in the private sector can do the same. Other suggestions include the expansion of training programs and new technology along with acknowledging employee strides in the workplace. Lastly, the long-term care sector should make advancements in “preventative health policies” for the public, but especially for the elderly. These “preventative health policies” should encourage healthy living for all individuals, which can lessen the need for long-term care. Contact an Experienced Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Please check in with your loved ones at their nursing home or long-term care facility to make sure they are receiving high-quality care. If you have been a victim of nursing home abuse and/or neglect, please contact Dougherty, Leventhal & Price, L.L.P. Our team will fight for you! Remember: Injury? Call DLP! (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P.

Works Cited

     Towhey, Jessica R. “LTC Workers need higher wages, better training now that society’s applause has ended: report.” McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 28 June 2023, https://www.mcknights.com/news/ltc-workers-need-higher-wages-better-training-now-that-societys-applause-has-ended-report/. Accessed 28 June 2023.

Tara Lynott
Intern, Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP