​COVID-19 has presented unprecedented and difficult challenges for the for the entire long term care (LTC) sector. The data and charts referenced in this piece paint a clear picture that the workforce crisis is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – issues the industry is facing right now. In fact, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, over 420,000 jobs in long term care, including nursing home and assisted living providers, were lost since the beginning of the pandemic. This workforce decline must be properly addressed by policymakers and the federal government. 

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), which represent more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers, and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities, is focused on four primary issues.

Explore the issues below in more detail:

Please contact AHCA's Senior Director of Not for Profit and Constituent Services at dritchie@ahca.org if you have any questions, ideas or stories to share around workforce matters.​​