A recent article discussed how nursing home employees working conditions encourage the spread of Covid-19. The author asserts that this is a result of both “the vulnerability of the residents” as well as “how nursing homes pay and manage their employees.” Most nursing aides make less than $30,000 per year, and work at multiple nursing homes to increase their pay. As a result, “the typical nursing home has staff connections to 15 other facilities,” increasing the opportunity to spread the virus. In fact, nearly half of infections can be “traced to staff who work in multiple health care facilities.”
In addition to being overworked, many nursing home employees cannot take the sick leave they accrue, or afford to take unpaid time off, causing many to work when they don’t feel well. This article calls for “an approach that both empowers employees while informing employers about the benefits of paying employees to stay at home when sick” in order to save lives and stop the spread of Covid-19.
For more on the working conditions of many nursing home employees, read the story here.