The short-staffing crisis that affects the quality of care in the long-term care industry is likely playing a significant role in the increased risk nursing homes face when it comes to the coronavirus. Public health experts warned that staffing shortages, poor infection control practices and residents who frequently visit the hospital — and bring back germs — place nursing homes at an increased risk for the spread of the disease, according to a New York Times report.
Staffing shortages have been a top concern for long-term care providers in recent years. The profitable industry has denounced legislation aimed at setting minimum safe staffing requirements for facilities, instead calling on lawmakers to find solutions to address widespread caregiver shortages — like reinstating in-house certified nursing aide training programs.
Experts have called on providers to thoroughly review their infection control policies in order to prevent and reduce their risk of possibly spreading the disease if a diagnosis is made at their facility.