An Analysis of the Long-Term Care Labor Crisis and the Strategies Needed to Recruit & Retain the Workforce to Meet Florida’s Needs
The Health Care Workforce Coalition is a group of leaders from various health care sectors, including long-term care, hospitals, and home health care, focused on addressing the ongoing health care workforce challenges that threaten Floridians’ access to needed care. The Coalition is recommending a comprehensive strategy to recruit more health care heroes to serve our nation’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. A multi-phased approach is called for with incentives and supports necessary to attract, develop, and retain long-term care staff by leveraging federal, state, and academic resources – a key first step to increase workforce availability.
Strategies to address challenges include:
- Financial assistance to Incentivize Caregivers
- Educating and Training a Future Workforce
- Regulatory Solutions to Improve Person-Centered Care
- Workforce Surveillance to Track Future Needs
Reports & Recommendations (October 2021)
“This workforce crisis is the direct and unavoidable result of distinct trends arriving at the same place, at the same time – the place being Florida, the time being now.”
With growing numbers of older residents who need care and shrinking numbers of individuals to provide it, Florida sits not at a crossroads but at a junction – a point where three interrelated trends have merged into a singular challenge for the state.Florida, which has long been the dream destination of generations of retirees, finds itself with ever-growing numbers of prospective nursing home residents… fewer caregivers to tend to their needs in the present … and not enough educators to prepare the caregivers of the future. Florida faces a health care crisis intensified by a serious workforce crisis. Policymakers must act quickly and decisively to address these challenges, which emerged prior to the COVID-19 pandemic but have been significantly exacerbated by it.
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Health Care Workforce Coalition Representatives
Long Term Care
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Kristen Knapp, APR
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