How the pandemic is continuing to shape nursing home care
In the United States, the consequences of the pandemic have been particularly devastating for senior populations in nursing care.
On the Monday edition of “Closer Look,” Deke Cateau, CEO of A.G. Rhodes nonprofit nursing home provider, discusses the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing home occupancy, safety and employee shortages.
While the industry has experienced low staffing pre-pandemic, the circumstances of the pandemic have exacerbated these shortages.
As many continue to leave the industry completely, staffing levels have not rebounded to pre-pandemic standards.
At its highest point, one-quarter of pandemic-related deaths in the nation occurred in nursing homes, Cateau explained.
As the effects of the pandemic persist, essential front-line workers within the industry are struggling to meet demands.
“Each death is one too many,” Cateau said. “It really [unearthed] a lot of issues that we have with how our nursing homes are structured.”