Alabama Lawyers on the Best Ideas to Avoid Nursing Home Injuries
A CBS News story on a study by the Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C. said low unemployment can hurt the quality of service at elder care facilities because higher-quality workers take non-nursing home jobs.
Nursing homes, known for their low pay and physically and emotionally taxing environments, suffer in a tight labor market because potential workers seek employment in other industries, according to CBS News. The reverse is true when unemployment goes up. Nursing homes have access to a larger -- and more qualified -- pool of potential staffers, allowing them to deliver better quality care to their patient.
Several factors can make nursing home work unattractive. Grueling labor, such as lifting and moving patients and dealing with incontinence issues, sometimes alone, or on top of low wages, can lead to high turnover of nursing home workers.
Another problem is inadequate staffing levels, according to CBS News. The study’s authors found that nursing home residents suffering from pressure sores or having to be restrained were indications of low-quality care.
The median pay for nursing assistants and orderlies in 2017 was $27,510 a year, or $13.23 an hour, for a work week of 40 hours, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
As of 2016, there were nearly 1.6 million nursing assistant and orderly jobs and the field is projected to grow by 11 percent from 2016-2026. That’s a faster growth than the average for all occupations, which is 7 percent.
Nursing home quality is countercyclical, according to The Gerontologist. With near record-low unemployment rates in 2018, they advise that regulatory agencies should pay close attention to nursing home quality when and where the local economy registers strong growth.
The study also suggests that policies increasing staffing and reducing employee turnover may not only improve nursing home quality but also have the potential to smooth quality fluctuations when unemployment takes a downturn.
Any effort to improve the compensation and benefits of nursing-home workers would require state and federal policymakers to take action.
Last year, health care became the U.S.'s largest employer, according to The Atlantic.
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