Since the start of the pandemic a lot of companies and businesses had to shut down and people lost their jobs, but things started to look up for those companies when the world began to open up and businesses were allowed to have people back in the buildings again.  Even though some businesses began to thrive there were some who were still losing employees and one of those businesses were the nursing home industry.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living released a report that shows long-term facilities are suffering from the worst labor crisis than any other sector in health care.

The report shows that nursing homes have seen employment levels drop by 14% or 221,000 jobs since the start of the pandemic.

The AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson said these challenges could be caused by pandemic burnout and the struggle for providers to compete for qualified staff.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospitals, doctor’s offices and other health care facilities have reached or surpassed pre-pandemic staffing levels, while nursing homes and assisted living communities are still experiencing high job losses.

South Carolina has over 2,000 long-term care facilities with over 43,000 beds, according to the South Carolina Department of Aging.