"Nursing home aides, who provide the bulk of direct care and are on the front lines in the pandemic, have high turnover and low retention related to a range of reasons from low pay to the emotional and physical demands of the job." #UnionsForAll daytondailynews.com/news/nursing-h…
"Long term care workers now have to limit their conduct in the community, they have to watch everything they do, they have to submit to regular testing, they have to wear PPE all day,” Schwartz said."
"Nursing home worker turnover has long been a challenge in the industry, though the issue has now been underscored and heightened by the pandemic."
"The job now has higher feeling of risk and more pressure, said Robert Applebaum, with Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University, who recently helped author a paper on retention and turnover."
“It’s high touch care. It’s very difficult to social distance when you’re helping somebody dress when you’re helping somebody, or helping somebody use the bathroom,” Applebaum said."

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"Specifically, health care unions in nursing homes were associated with a 1.29 percentage point mortality reduction, or a 30% relative decrease in COVID-19 mortality compared with nursing homes without organized workforces, the study found."
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"Access to PPE is a crucial part of protecting the frontline nursing home workers and the residents for whom they care, and the study found that unionized buildings had better access to some of the most needed items during the COVID-19 pandemic."
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