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 New Partnership Tackles Workforce Shortage

​The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) has unveiled a new website and partnership with a workforce training organization to assist long term and post-acute care (LT/PAC) providers in their efforts to recruit and retain workers.

The online Workforce Resource Center includes resources and tools for members of AHCA/NCAL to learn more about effective strategies for recruiting, retention, and staff development. The association also announced a partnership with PHI, a leading provider of workforce training programs. PHI offers services to help LT/PAC providers attract quality workers, promote excellent care, reduce turnover, and achieve cost efficiencies. Under the new partnership, AHCA/NCAL and PHI will provide coaching, training, and consulting to LT/PAC providers.

Mark Parkinson, president and chief executive officer of AHCA/NCAL, announced the new initiative on Oct. 8 during the 69th Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo in San Diego, Calif. He said the effort is just the beginning of a wider program focused on what has become a top priority for providers.
“Our members have been clear that staffing is one of their biggest challenges,” said Parkinson. “The tools we’ve developed, and our partnership with the premier organization in long term care training and development, will provide valuable resources for our members.”

The LT/PAC sector continues to experience a shortage of trained caregivers for critical roles. The federal government estimates nearly 27 million people will need some kind of long term care by 2050, magnifying the workforce shortage that already exists.

“AHCA/NCAL will continue to develop workforce resources that help our members maintain the high quality of care they provide for America’s seniors and people with disabilities,” said Parkinson. 
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