Dave Ramsey wrote, “Turnover happens before the hire! Our goal is to find out if someone is not a good fit before we hire them.” The Avila Institute continued its collaboration with the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in an August 22 webinar geared toward helping nursing homes retain staff right from the beginning of the hiring process. Martha Abercrombie, the guest speaker, has 18 years of Human Resources experience and now works with a company called Vikus Corporation as their Vice President of Strategy. Vikus is a software company that provides hiring solutions to senior care facilities. She has been immersed in the “why” of the current staff retention crisis for some time and had many valuable insights for the webinar viewers to take home.
The world of long-term care is changing at an increasingly rapid pace. Medicaid funding for home care has been increased, at the expense of long-term care funding, in order to avoid a monumental economic shortfall in senior health care. This has resulted in older, more acute seniors transferring to our long-term care facilities for shorter periods of time. Concurrently, an economic upturn has made recruiting and retaining care staff more difficult as the traditional pool of direct care workers we draw from find higher paying, less stressful jobs in other industries.
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