CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois’ long-term care facilities are at a breaking point after hemorrhaging staff over the course of the pandemic.
Data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows 21% of Illinois’ long-term care facilities are experiencing a shortage of nursing staff, ABC7 Chicago reported.
Matt Pickering, executive director for Health Care Council of Illinois, said the industry is facing a perfect storm of problems and COVID-19 is at the top.
Different parts of the state have been hit harder, Pickering said, but it’s getting worse everywhere. Already, two facilities in Springfield have had to close.
The staffing shortage not only affects the industry, but also the residents.
Facilities are turning to temporary staffing agencies to fill gaps, but it leads to instability for everyone, according to Pickering.