As COVID-19 cases surge across the country, the competition for healthcare staff is becoming high stakes.
Hospitals and nursing homes are facing similar dilemmas. In Wisconsin, nursing homes are struggling to accept patients from overrun hospitals, according to John Sauer, president and CEO of LeadingAge Wisconsin, which represents aging service providers.
“We will not admit individuals for whom we don’t have staff,” Sauer said. “Right now, we’re pulling out all the stops. We’re looking at bringing in workers from out of state to provide help on a temporary basis.”
But those workers come at a cost, one that nursing homes, which have already been burdened with the costs of personal protective equipment, COVID-19 testing and infection control measures, will struggle to cover, Sauer said.
“We’re going to pay the piper for those higher costs,” Sauer said. Without federal assistance, he predicts, “We’re going to see many facilities fail in 2021.”