Your Attention Is Needed – All Types Of Care Homes Are Struggling

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The Public Isn’t Hearing About The Shortages To The Level Needed To In Order To Prioritize Staff Shortages Being Addressed!

The above video highlights what is happening in the group home industry, but don’t think for one minute it stops there! Most communities from independent living, assisted living, memory care, transitional care and even our hospitals; if honest will state they are struggling to provide quality care due to lack of people being willing to work in the industry. Many communities say they are filled to capacity, but if you push you will find that capacity is actually based on the number of staff available to cover shifts, not the number of beds or rooms they have to fill. This is a HUGE change in how occupancy is viewed and communicated to the public.

I my personal opinion, it is a mistake to set this false perception up as we can’t get support to fix this huge problem that isn’t going away on it’s own without honest information. I understand companies don’t want to look like they are struggling to the public, but the public can be their biggest advocate if they are told what the true needs are. Families will rally if guided as to how they can help.

As a family member, who had a loved one in a community I would have wanted to know. I would also have extreme respect for a company who is openly saying they are protecting my loved one by making sure they are staffed; even if that means they are not able to fill all their beds.

Private, nonprofit, government, staff, families, and the general public need to discuss this situation openly and honestly; if the problem is going to be resolved. Collaborations at deeper levels need to happen. No longer can we fix this in our separate silos. I urge everyone at every level to talk openly about the issues at hand and work together in the light vs hide in the darkness.

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