Addressing the Problem of High Employee Turnover in Assisted Living Facilities

Staffing turnover in ALFs

The high turnover of employees in assisted living facilities can have a negative impact on both residents and other staff. Facilities such as nursing homes and long-term rehabilitation hospitals need to take active measures to mitigate the causes and effects of high turnover.

Causes of Turnover

Staffing turnover in ALFs is a common problem for several reasons. One particularly prevalent problem is that staff receives relatively low pay compared to other medical care providers. In addition, many facilities are understaffed, causing staff to have to work very hard for too little pay. Some understaffing is deliberate. In other instances, understaffing is the result of prolonged vacancies because of staff leaving their positions.

Consequences of Turnover

When staff is constantly rotating, the quality of care for residents suffers. When current staff continually has to train new staff, they won’t be able to commit their full attention to residents. In addition, inexperienced staff will typically be given more responsibility than they’ll be ready to take on. Having to rely on inexperienced staff is likely to lead to more accidents and oversights in care.

ALFs who are experiencing a high volume of employee turnover should review their staffing ad management practices to help address it. Some practices that contribute to the problem that are intended to reduce operational expenses, but the turnover ultimately increases costs and undermines facilities’ efficiency.