Today, WALA and the long-term care provider associations released The Long-Term Care Workforce Crisis: A 2022 Report. This updated report highlights that the workforce crisis continues to worsen:
- An increase in caregiver vacancies from 23.8% in 2020 to 27.8% in 2022
- 23,165 job openings in LTC providers across the state (compared to 20,655 in 2020 and 16,500 in 2018)
- The median wage offered to non-healthcare employees is almost 25% higher than the starting wage offered to certified nursing assistants (CNAs)
- 18,482 individuals who sought care and services from a long-term care provider were denied or delayed services due to lack of staff
“Providers are at a breaking point as the workforce crisis continues to worsen,” said Mike Pochowski, President & CEO of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association. “This is extremely problematic as Wisconsin’s population continues to age, yet providers struggle to find necessary staff. Further, facilities have closed all across the state mainly due to caregiver staffing shortages. We appreciate everything the legislature, Governor, and the Department of Health Services has done to help with this crisis but unfortunately, more must be done.”
WALA and the long-term care provider associations will utilize this information when advocating on your behalf to the Governor, legislators, and the Department of Health Services.
You can access the full press release here.