Uncovering the Devaluation of Nursing Home Staff During COVID-19: Are We Fuelling the Next Health Care Crisis?

Published in June 2020 this item from the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association remains worth a read for all care home owners, managers/workforce and commissioners.

As the COVID-19–related mortality rate of nursing home residents continues to rise, so too will the rates of mortality and morbidity of staff who care for them, a problem we must address now to avoid another health care crisis once this pandemic recedes. Currently, a significant proportion of deaths are attributed to persons living in nursing homes, ranging from 42% to 57% in European countries reporting data, to as high as 82% in several U.S. states and in Canada. However, there is a concern that many countries are not including nursing home deaths in the death toll. Although not reported globally, experts predict most health care workers who will die from COVID-19 are nursing staff (nurses and nursing assistants) working in nursing homes.

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