Lower Nursing Home Turnover Linked to Higher Quality of Care

A new study found that low turnover among staff was consistently linked to a higher quality of care in nursing homes. Despite continued challenges surrounding the pandemic, nursing homes should consider employing additional strategies to retain workers.


The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society recently published the study, which was funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Investigators used payroll data for more than 13,600 nursing homes across the country, comparing staff turnover to facility quality measures as well as star ratings.


On average, the annual turnover rate was 46% for all nursing staff. However, the annual turnover rate was lower among skilled nursing facilities with higher star ratings. This pattern remained steady across all star rating levels with a higher turnover rate for nursing homes with 1-star ratings.


These findings corroborate a correlation between staffing and quality of care and reinforce the importance of staff consistency and retention—something nursing homes should be focusing on.


Read the full article from McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

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