Nursing homes seek 1-year pause on Jan. staffing mandate

A NEW STAFFING MANDATE TAKING EFFECT at Rhode Island nursing homes on Jan. 1, 2022, needs a one-year pause due to a staffing shortage, nursing home industry groups said. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
A NEW STAFFING MANDATE TAKING EFFECT at Rhode Island nursing homes on Jan. 1, 2022, needs a one-year pause due to a staffing shortage, nursing home industry groups said. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
PROVIDENCE – Amid an ongoing staffing shortage that’s been fueled by the pandemic, Rhode Island nursing homes say they would need to hire 475 more employees within the next two weeks in order to meet a Jan. 1 mandate from the state. The Rhode Island Health Care Association and LeadingAge Rhode Island on Monday said…

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  1. NO! We already know that these facilities can turn into the perfect incubator for COVID and attack our most vulnerable. I say it’s better to work with reduced staff and work to replace those who will be leaving than continue to have the unvaccinated walking around nursing homes like a ticking time bomb.