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.

Read the full text

https://www.jamda.com/article/S1525-8610(20)30492-8/fulltext

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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