Long-term care staff shortages have become commonplace across the board since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some skilled nursing and assisted living providers are offering perks such as referral bonuses and transportation shore up their caregiver teams, according to reports.
The sector gained 1,000 jobs in May after a loss of 19,500 jobs the previous month, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
In addition to competing for workers with hospitality and retail companies that have raised their minimum pay, operators are competing with hospitals and healthcare facilities as the economy begins to open from the pandemic, Tina Sandri, CEO of Washington, DC, senior living and skilled nursing provider Forest Hills told Axios. Forest Hills as well as Vista Prairie, a senior living operator in Minnesota, are among providers who are offering hiring bonuses to attract new employees, according to the media outlet.Two Avamere Family of Companies nursing homes in Oregon increased wages from $13.86 to $18 an hour in May; the union-negotiated contract also includes plans for “safer staffing, better training programs, and career ladders for care providers,” SEIU 503 said.