Housekeeping supervisor positions are increasingly being filled by women, including in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and it may be difficult to find a good-paying job.
However, the shortage of female housekeepers is getting worse.
The shortage of home health care workers is one of the main reasons why the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued guidance that says “it is essential that workers are trained to respond to the medical needs of the home” and that they are “entitled to reasonable accommodation and benefits consistent with their job responsibilities.”
It also advises home health workers to “provide personal care and supervision to patients, caregivers, and staff.”
The guidance also recommends that home health-care workers “have the opportunity to engage in community service and community engagement programs” and “provider appropriate education and training to improve their home health management skills.”
The National Association of Home Health Care Workers is a national organization that represents home health service workers.
“There is an urgent need for better staffing for nursing homes,” said Michelle Reimer, NAHW’s executive director.
“Our nurses need better training, more qualified home health aides, and more flexible schedules.”
Reimer also said that while she does not expect to see a significant increase in the number of nursing homes closing because of the shortage, “the nursing home industry is struggling.”
“There’s always going to be the issue of supply and demand.
And it can only go up as nursing home populations grow and demand goes up,” Reimer said.
In the meantime, many nursing homes are using more flexible scheduling plans, Reimer added.
The NAHw recommends that nursing home operators “create a flexible schedule that allows the nursing home to meet the needs of their employees.”
Reimers also said it is important to “think about how your employees are going to respond when you do not have the resources to do that,” and that nursing homes must be able to meet their needs as quickly as possible.
“The sooner they are able to get home care, the better,” Reimers said.
“That is what the nurse is going to need.
That is what is essential for the nursing staff.”