Nursing homes have a lot of challenges to contend with. Providing a high caliber of care while also keeping operations profitable requires careful managerial oversight.
Many individuals who live in nursing homes need advanced medical care. Administrators and aides need to facilitate care for residents who may struggle with mobility and other chronic health issues that can make accessing care difficult.
Medicare and Medicaid have recently expanded their scope of covered services to include more home care activities. As a result, a decrease in admissions into nursing homes may disrupt capacity. In addition, a growing number of assisted living facilities have been opening. Some facilities that are not well managed put profitability well ahead of care provision. Unfortunately, they have reflected poorly on all types of assisted living, and people are more reticent to make a transition out of independent living.
Nursing homes generally have particularly high turnover compared to other sectors in the healthcare industry. This can lead to understaffing as well as deficiencies in the quality of care that residents receive.
Good managerial policies and practices can help to effectively address nursing home challenges. If nursing homes manage risk well and provide a consistent level of attention to residents, they can safeguard their operations and the people they care for.