A recent study found that lower turnover among workers was consistently correlated to a higher quality of care in nursing homes. Despite challenges surrounding the pandemic, nursing home should consider making use of additional strategies to retain staff.
The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published the new study, which was funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Researchers looked at payroll data for more than 13,600 nursing homes across the country, comparing staff turnover to quality measures and star ratings for each facility.
On average, the annual turnover rate was 46% for all nursing staff. However, the annual turnover rate was lower among nursing homes with higher star ratings. This pattern was maintained across all star rating levels with a higher turnover rate for facilities with 1-star ratings.
These findings substantiate a link between staffing and quality of care and reinforce the significance of staff consistency and retention—something nursing homes should be focusing on.
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